Julie Miller Davis: Time Management: Master Your Time & Productivity | Work in Progress #31

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Julie Miller Davis, a productivity trainer and coach who helps overwhelmed entrepreneurs break free from business stagnation

Time management is not just about managing time; it’s about managing tasks, goals, calendars, and yourself. In this podcast, Julie Miller Davis, a productivity coach, shares her insights on how to master time and productivity. 

Meet Julie Miller Davis

Julie Miller Davis has dedicated her career to helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs break free from the clutches of business stagnation. Her productivity training and coaching expertise have enabled her clients to regain control of their calendars, manage tasks effectively, and set clear goals. With a focus on creating sustainable habits and prioritizing the right tasks, Julie empowers her clients to spend more time on what they love while simultaneously building their dream businesses.

Julie began her journey as an educator, but her passion for helping individuals and groups regain balance and manage their time effectively led her to become an expert in the field. For over seven years, she has run a successful business offering 6-week courses on time management and productivity that have transformed the lives of countless individuals.

Her recommendations for books like Atomic Habits and The One Thing underscore her commitment to helping others improve their habits and manage their time better. They reflect her deep understanding of the challenges faced by modern professionals.

About the episode

In this episode, Julie Miller Davis delves into the prevalent issue of being busy without being genuinely productive, a pitfall that often leads to burnout. She emphasizes the crucial role of breaks and the inclusion of enjoyable activities to sustain productivity levels.

Julie also highlights the glorification of busyness in the culture and the art of setting boundaries and using the ‘no’ when necessary. This is particularly significant for women; she provides practical guidance on effectively communicating these boundaries.

Challenging a widely held belief, Julie redefines time management, asserting that it’s not about controlling time but rather managing how you respond to its constraints. She encourages prioritizing tasks and calendars and advocates for chronic changes over time.

Debunking the myth of multitasking, Julie stresses how constant task-switching leads to a loss in productivity. Instead, she advises a single-task focus and minimizing distractions, particularly those from smartphones. Flexibility is another key aspect of her discussion.

She suggests a flexible plan that can adapt to unexpected changes, steering away from the rigidity of a fixed schedule. Moreover, Julie introduces the concept of “habit stacking” to instill new habits, linking them to existing routines for better recall. Furthermore, she emphasizes the importance of planning without being overly rigid, allowing room for spontaneity.

Julie recommends books like Atomic Habits and The One Thing for those eager to enhance their habits and time management skills. She also underscores the significance of self-care, advocating for personal commitments to be prioritized on calendars and time off to replenish energy levels.

In conclusion

Mastering time management is about more than just managing time. It’s about effectively managing tasks, goals, calendars, and yourself. By focusing on the most important tasks, setting boundaries, and prioritizing self-care, you can become more productive and fulfilled in your personal and professional life. 

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