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CRAZYBUSY:  Overbooked, Overworked and About to Snap! 
Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

In 90 minutes, participants look at the opportunities we have in today’s world to manage the struggles we have with our busy environments.

 Modern life has gone wild.  The average manager handles more data points in one day than he or she handled in a month just a decade ago.  Conversations are cut short and communication derails as frenzy becomes more and more the norm.  Email, the BlackBerry, cell phones and all the rest of our electronic devices have created exciting opportunities, but they have also created unique and potentially catastrophic problems never before seen in human history.  If we’re not careful, we will get so busy we will never stop and think at work.  Without a system or a plan, a manager can spend a day or an entire quarter without spending ten minutes actually thinking.  Run ragged by the multiple and simultaneous demands he or she must handle, today’s manager has almost no time to do what the human brain is uniquely equipped to do, namely think creatively.

Based on the article Dr. Hallowell published in the Harvard Business Review, Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform, this presentation gives practical advice on how to take charge of today’s super-busy world so that it does not take charge of you.  Cutting deeper than the usual advice on how to manage modern life, which typically is just about getting organized and fulfilling potential by building on strengths, Dr. Hallowell addresses how to manage our three most valuable assets: time, attention, and mental energy.  Given that each of these is finite, success or failure depends upon the proper parceling of each of these.  In order to handle these deftly, a person must develop the right rhythm for him or her, which in turn depends upon creating a system individualized for his or her own environment and temperament.

At this presentation you will learn:

  • How to identify the most dangerous drains on your time and energy, and how to develop a daily rhythm that works for you
  • How to replenish energy and focus throughout the day and how to prevent the state of overloaded circuits
  • How to focus and prioritize so that you and the people you manage can get the most out of their work

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