Executive Coach & Best Selling Author shares how to reduce the chaos, boost energy & explode your productivity in media appearances & speaking engagements.
Time Management Speaking:
Delivering a Keynote Presentation at the NSGA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas
Kathryn McKinnon Delivered How to Gain 40 Minutes of More Productive Time Each Day with the Best Time Management Practices of Highly Productive Executives to over 150 CEOs at the National Sporting Goods Association Annual Conference in 2015.
“Dear Ms. McKinnon, Thank you for speaking at the 2015 Annual National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit. On behalf of everyone at NSGA, I want to express our gratitude for your willingness to take time out of your busy schedule, travel to Austin, Texas, and speak to our attendees. Your presentation on time management enlightened and entertained everyone present, ultimately adding to the value and success of the event…We know our attendees greatly enjoyed your presentation and can now walk away with the tools to help boost their productivity. Your willingness to spend your time, energy and support on behalf of NSGA is greatly appreciated. We hope you continue to stay engaged with NSGA. Again, many thanks for your time and effort.”
Sincerely, Matt Carlson President & CEO
Time Management Speaker Kathryn McKinnon Delivering a One-Day Seminar at Public Broadcasting Service
Here’s what participants had to say about the Seminar for PBS:
“Kathryn is amazing. She did a great job developing and delivering a one-day time management seminar for PBS. I liked the fact that we worked together so well to integrate all her knowledge, services and expertise to really customize the program for PBS. The Time Tracking was interesting and useful. The Cost Benefit Analysis worked well too. The Best Practices and exercises offered practical tips and tools for making our time more effective. It was a seminar for the personal and professional side of life. Those are the things that I think are really amazing and wonderful about this program. We will keep moving forward in this relationship with Kathryn.”
Jessica Driscoll, Senior HR Generalist, Public Broadcasting Service
Kathryn McKinnon, Executive Coach and Author interviewed on WBZ Radio CBS Boston’s Jordan Rich Show sharing time management tips from her book Triple Your Time Today!
Time Management Executive Coach Kathryn McKinnon presenting at her 2014 Harvard Business School Reunion.
Too many priorities, email, meetings and too little time? Discover 7 Time Management Best Practices of Highly Productive Executives & Get Better Results with Your Time
“Dear Kathryn, Thank you for your important involvement in the Harvard Business School Fall Reunion presentations. Engaging with presenters during reunion weekend is a highlight for our alumni. Your participation keeps them connected to the School and energized by the work that we do. This was a record-breaking Fall Reunion, drawing over 2,600 alumni and guests to campus, and the weekend was a great success. I truly appreciate your contribution to making this reunion such a fulfilling and engaging experience for all who attended.”
Best regards, Nitin Nohria Dean, Harvard Business School
Kathryn McKinnon, Time Management Speaker, Presented to 75 insurance executives and professionals at Amica Insurance during the 2015 Leadership Conference for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters.
Featured in The Standard, a New England Insurance Weekly and insurance industry trade publication. This article previews excerpts from Kathryn McKinnon’s Signature Presentation: 7 Time Management Best Practices of Highly Productive Leaders which she presented at Amica Insurance for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters.
Excerpts of interview with Kathryn McKinnon, MORE Magazine, How to Make Time for Yourself (Without Guilt)
By Susan Gregory Thomas
You’ve become a master multitasker, proudly accomplishing more in a day than some do in a month. but doing nothing–or doing something you enjoy–can make you more productive, open and creative. so how do you make some time for downtime? Welcome to your less crunched, more fulfilled life.
7 Ways to Get More Done at Work without Staying Late
Make the most of your 9-to-5 with these genius productivity tips
By Jada Green
Ever have those workdays when you know by 10 a.m. that you won’t be making it home for dinner? Instead of resolving to work after hours, tap into these seven surprising secrets for boosting your productivity.
1. Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17
That’s the schedule that super-productive people follow, according to a study conducted by DeskTime, a time-tracking app that monitors your work efficiency.
The app analyzed its top 10 percent most productive users and found that on average, they took 17-minute breaks throughout the day.
That aligns with previous research touting the stress-busting benefits of breaks. One Australian study found that employees who took a short walk at lunchtime felt more enthusiastic and more relaxed in the afternoon than those who didn’t head outdoors.
But breaking every 17 minutes all day long isn’t exactly realistic—according to this formula, you’d be on a break for 2 full hours of your day. Consider saving this strategy for when you’re working on something particularly complicated or draining.
Research from Singapore also shows that brief “cyberloafing”—i.e. watching funny YouTube videos—provides an instant recovery from the humdrum of day-to-day work, helping people stay productive for longer amounts of time.
2. Drown Out Chatter with the Right Soundtrack
When you need to churn out work on a tight deadline, the last thing you want to hear is your chatty cube mate shooting the bull.
Putting in earbuds to drown him out seems like the obvious fix, but blasting your favorite tunes can actually be counterproductive. Research in Applied Cognitive Psychology found that listening to pop music with lyrics while performing memory and reading comprehension tests led to lower recall and poorer comprehension than doing the tasks in silence.
3. Hide Your Phone
Sure, you know that browsing Instagram probably won’t help your work performance. But research from the University of Southern Maine found that simply having your cell phone on your desk distracts you during complex tasks.
Is answering the occasional text really all that bad? Science says yes. In a study at Michigan State University, people who were interrupted from a task for just 2.8 seconds made twice as many mistakes when they returned to it—and a 4.2-second disruption led to three times as many flubs.
4. Find Your Zone
There are certain times of the day where you’re totally in the zone, like after your morning cup of coffee, or maybe right after your lunchtime run. Keeping track of when you’re at your best and capitalizing on that time will help you knock out top to-do list items, says Kathryn McKinnon, Harvard Business School Executive Coach, Speaker and author of Triple Your Time Today.
“If you’re spending your most productive time of day doing email or other tasks that aren’t your true priorities, you won’t get your best work done,” says McKinnon. Save the important stuff for when your mind is sharp and your energy is high.
5. Break Free from Email
One of McKinnon’s clients was drowning in emails and came to her for help. After assessing the guy’s workday, McKinnon found that he was spending an average of 4 hours a day just on email, and 60 percent of the messages weren’t related to his highest priorities.
It’s 2015—there’s no getting around a digital inbox. But highly productive executives follow the 6-12-6 rule, says McKinnon: They scan their email early in the morning, (6 a.m.), again at lunch (12 p.m.) and at the end of the day (6 p.m.). If someone has a really pressing message for you, they’ll give you a call or swing by your office. Otherwise, all emails can wait.
6. Get a Head Start on Tomorrow
Prep tomorrow’s to-do list before you head home today, suggests productivity coach Cathy Sexton, founder of TheProductivityExperts.com.
When you’re already in work mode, it’s only going to take you a few minutes to assess what you really need to get done first thing in the morning. So taking an extra 15 minutes at the end of the day to strategize might save you up to an hour tomorrow A.M., says Sexton.
Keep your list organized by splitting it in two: Have a master list with tasks you can complete at a comfortable pace, and a must-do list with no more than three top priority items on it, Sexton suggests.
7. Analyze Your Distractions
Just when you’re making progress on a tricky task, your coworker knocks on your office door. If daily distractions often throw off your workflow, consider the source, says Sexton.
Do an experiment: Every time you’re interrupted, jot down who it was and what it was about. You might find that it’s the same person always interrupting, or the same issue that repeatedly occurs.
In that case, you may be able to nip common problems in the bud before they become distractions, says Sexton.
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