Life Management Workshop – Take 1

I delivered a 3 h Life Management workshop yesterday, to the newies of AIESEC student organization. The whole Prezi of the workshop here.

The main ideas :

Do you have a fulfilling life? (Of course you do, you’re only 21 and your worries are passing exams and overcoming long drinks with friends). But your life gets only more complicated from here on. You’ve entered a student association, and this means an additional role to you. How are you going to manage that?

There’s two things I want you to remember from this workshop. In order to manage your life effectively, you need these two:

1. Focus. Knowing who you are, what you want to do. List the top 10 of your Bucket List. What do you want people to say about you once you’ve passed away?
Most participants said they want to make a contribution to other people’s lives. I’m fascinated how often this appears in the dreams of the young generation. I love to think about where it will take us if a critical mass of young people starts to really make a contribution to development.

2. Discipline. It’s ok to know where you’re headed, but the tough part comes only from now on. How are you going to manage your day? How can you ensure that what you set to accomplish, you will actually do?
You need to be disciplined and hold yourself accountable. You need to know your limits and how much you can take. Don’t try to do everything. But in what you do, be the best you can.

“But I don’t need an agenda! I keep everything I need to do in my head!”
“Sure you do, cause you got only your courses schedule there. But once you start managing projects, getting an organizer will be the smartest thing you need to do.”

“Yeah, but it’s so difficult to write everything in there!”
“You don’t need to write everything. Just your appointments and important tasks.
And remember, when you put a project on your to do list, always think
“What’s the Next Action?”‘. That will help you transform a big elephant into the next task that can take up to 3 minutes. ”

I love David Allen’s example:

  • “So I need to get new tires for my car. “
  • “What’s the next action?”
  • “Calling a tire company.”
  • “Do you have the number?”
  • “Damn, no…I will need to research that. Oh wait! Fred mentioned something about a good place to change your tires. I’ll give him a call and get the number of that company.”
  • “Do you have Fred’s number?”
  • “I do.”
  • “So what’s the next action?”
  • “Calling Fred for number of tire company.”

So Take 1 of the Life Management workshop is now complete. I plan to develop this workshop into a 1 day 1/2 of training for young professionals, and follow it with 4 group coaching sessions. The first workshop would be somewhere around Feb 2010 What do you say?
Would you be interestedin better managing your life?

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