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How to apply Stephen Covey time management method for Outlook productivity

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Outlook Productivity Blog | 6 Comments

Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly effective people” and “First Things First” have already become classics of time management. I’ve been really inspired since I read them myself and the efficiency of the methods suggested by Stephen Covey has been proven more than one time in my own business and life.

For those who haven’t had a chance to take a look at those books, the main idea of Stephen Covey’s productivity method is simple: the main characteristics of a tasks are its urgency and its importance. In order to be productive, we should be able to tell one from another, and then treat prioritized tasks accordingly.

Stephen Covey Urgent/Important MatrixIn order to stop procrastination or, in case you’re a lucky guy and you simply don’t have it, then in order to speed up your work and get more results out of your actions, you should spend less effort on what seems pretty urgent but isn’t important at all. Because those kinds of activities only seem important, in fact, they are only distracting and not moving you to your goals. It’s hard to realize it unless you see it visually.

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Eisenhower Matrix in Microsoft Outlook

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Visual Eisenhower Matrix helps you prioritize your tasks and make your strategy work for you in one of the most efficient ways. The principal of Urgent/Important classification for activities is aimed at focusing on what will move you forward closer to your goals. Thus, what is preventing you from reaching your aims is set apart. This time management strategy has a lot to do with GTD. TaskCracker for Outlook add-in enables you to sort your Outlook tasks visually, organize your priorities and cope with tough deadlines.

When it comes to your work activity, everything is urgent. Do just important. Why? Because some of urgent activities are not moving you forward, they are just wasting your time even though they seem to demand your attention. So learn to say no. Visual Urgent/Important matrix reveals what is truly urgent and important and what just pretends to be it.

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A Few Tips on Microsoft Outlook Performance

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Organisations that are taking the advantage of Outlook as their standard email companion range from small businesses to large enterprises. What if I tell you about enhancing the performance of Outlook so as to manage your emails and tasks in a better and more efficient way?

Outlook performanceBy following the steps given below, you can enhance the Outlook performance and use it in a much better way to manage your emails and tasks. It is not a rocket science but just few things to be kept in mind, if you want to take the performance of Outlook to some incredible level.

Be clear in your mind that if Outlook is unstable and not being able to show speed, it can be a big source of harm for your efficiency and can greatly elevates your stress level. So have a few moments to understand how it could be used in more lucrative way.

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5 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Microsoft Outlook Tasks

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Outlook Productivity Blog | 9 Comments

Whether corporate policy or personal preference pushed you to use Microsoft Outlook, the more organized your task management is, the better your productivity will be. Here are 5 quick tips that can help you organize your Outlook tasks and increase your productivity.

1. The Visual Method
This method is based on two popular productivity concepts commonly used in time management: Getting Things Done and the Eisenhower Matrix. The visual method presents Microsoft Outlook tasks in the form of a visual board. It is probably the quickest way to organize your tasks in a way that lets you see the whole picture, which can be difficult when all you have is a to-do list in front of you.

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