Butcher Talks About Time Management

Melissa Butcher checks a slide presentation that she used during her talk. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Melissa Butcher checks a slide presentation that she used during her talk. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Traditional time management techniques don't work, and neither does multi-tasking.

That was the message of Melissa Butcher, owner of locally based Confluence Collaborative, at Wednesday's Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Butcher said the bottom line is, if you want more time, give more attention. She said several studies have shown, scientifically, that multi-tasking doesn't work, and when we learn to focus all our attention on a task, we receive better dividends.

Butcher said it isn't enough to be busy; the question is what we're busy about.

Butcher said a key thing that keeps us from focusing is uncertainty or lack of clarity regarding what is the most important thing to focus on in our world. She said other things that keep us from focusing are interruptions and distractions. She said distractions are probably one of the biggest challenges we face, because distractions are everywhere.

Butcher also provided tips on how to focus our attention. Those included doing one thing at a time, being present, which means to focus your attention on what you're doing, and finish one task, or one part of a task, before moving on to the next. Butcher said focusing also means don't let small tasks interrupt the big ones.

Another part of focusing, she said, is to put down the other technology, to not stop to check emails or check out Facebook, for example. She also suggested cleaning your workspace, making an appointment, setting aside a specific time, to do your work, and eliminating interruptions.

In addition to Butcher's presentation, the Chamber luncheon also featured reports by three of the Chamber's community partners. Sheridan Media will have more on those in a later story.

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A lighter moment in Butcher's presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A lighter moment in Butcher's presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another shot of Butcher. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another shot of Butcher. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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