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Episode 130: Time Management for Career Growth & Jackie Hill Perry Comes Back to Music

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Are you feeling overwhelmed in your work? Is there never enough time in the day to accomplish everything on your to do list? If you answered yes, then this is the episode for you. I’m diving into the critical topic of time management for career growth.

Drawing from my personal experiences and insights, I offer a wealth of practical advice and actionable tips to help you navigate your professional journey more effectively. And I’ve got an exciting announcement from none other than artist, author, speaker, and podcaster Jackie Hill Perry.

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

Embrace Continuous Education

In today’s fast-paced world, continuous education is crucial for staying relevant and opening new career opportunities. Here are some actionable steps to embrace lifelong learning:

  • Enroll in Online Courses: Platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning offer a wide range of courses that can help you acquire new skills and knowledge.
  • Attend Workshops and Seminars: Participate in industry-specific workshops and seminars to stay updated with the latest trends and network with professionals.
  • Read Books and Articles: Make it a habit to read books and articles related to your field. This will not only enhance your knowledge but also keep you informed about industry developments.

Adaptability and Creativity

In addition to continuous learning, I highlight the importance of adaptability and creativity. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and think creatively can set you apart in your career. Here are some tips to foster these qualities:

  • Embrace Change: Be open to new ideas and willing to adapt to new situations. This mindset will help you navigate challenges more effectively.
  • Practice Creative Thinking: Engage in activities that stimulate your creativity, such as brainstorming sessions, mind mapping, or exploring new hobbies.

Effective Time Management Strategies for Career Growth

Prioritize with a Color-Coding System

One of the key strategies I share is the use of a color-coding system to prioritize meetings and tasks. This system helps align your activities with your personal and professional goals. Here’s how you can implement it:

  • Assign Colors to Categories: Use different colors to categorize your tasks and meetings. For example, use blue for work-related tasks, green for personal development, and red for urgent matters.
  • Review and Adjust: Regularly review your calendar to ensure that your time is being allocated effectively. Adjust your priorities as needed to stay on track with your goals.

Utilize Scheduling Tools

I’m sharing the benefits of using scheduling tools like Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, and Calendly. These tools can streamline the process of managing your time and enhance productivity. Here’s how to make the most of them:

  • Set Available Times: Use tools like Calendly to set your available times for meetings. This will help you avoid scheduling conflicts and ensure that you have dedicated time for focused work.
  • Sync Calendars: Sync your work and personal calendars to have a comprehensive view of your commitments. This will help you manage your time more effectively and avoid overbooking.

The Eisenhower Matrix for Task Prioritization

Dealing with distractions and urgent tasks can be challenging. I introduce the Eisenhower Matrix as a tool for prioritizing tasks based on their importance and urgency. Here’s how to use it:

  • Quadrant 1: Urgent and Important: Focus on tasks that are both urgent and important. These tasks require immediate attention and should be your top priority.
  • Quadrant 2: Important but Not Urgent: Schedule time for tasks that are important but not urgent. These tasks contribute to long-term goals and should not be neglected.
  • Quadrant 3: Urgent but Not Important: Delegate tasks that are urgent but not important. These tasks can be handled by others, allowing you to focus on more critical activities.
  • Quadrant 4: Not Urgent and Not Important: Minimize or eliminate tasks that are neither urgent nor important. These tasks are often distractions that can hinder your productivity.

Overcoming Challenges and Staying Focused

Minimize Distractions

I also emphasize the importance of identifying and minimizing distractions to focus on meaningful and impactful work. Here are some strategies to help you stay focused:

  • Create a Dedicated Workspace: Set up a workspace that is free from distractions. This will help you concentrate better and be more productive.
  • Use Focus Tools: Utilize tools like noise-canceling headphones, focus apps, or website blockers to minimize distractions and stay on task.
  • Set Boundaries: Communicate your availability to colleagues and family members. Let them know when you need uninterrupted time to work on important tasks.

Perseverance and Resilience

I reflect on my own journey, sharing how I faced challenges in pursuing my education and career goals and highlight the significance of perseverance and resilience in achieving success. Here are some tips to build these qualities:

  • Set Realistic Goals: Break down your long-term goals into smaller, achievable milestones. This will help you stay motivated and track your progress.
  • Learn from Failures: View failures as learning opportunities. Analyze what went wrong, make necessary adjustments, and keep moving forward.
  • Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude, even in the face of challenges. Surround yourself with supportive people who encourage and inspire you.
Jackie Hill Perry on stage (career growth)

The Incomparable Jackie Hill Perry is Back in the Booth

Jackie announces her new partnership with Reach Records. After a short hiatus from music, the author and speaker had been lamenting about being able to create music again. And when she had the opportunity to drop a verse for the Stay Low remix, she prayed about it and discovered that God heard her and made space for her to get back in the booth.

Jackie Hill Perry with Ace Harris and Lecrae
Ace Harris, Jackie Hill Perry, Lecrae

The multitalented artist also emphasizes the importance of seeking Gods guidance when determining where he is leading you and how he wants you to the gifts he’s given you. As for what to expect from the new album First Draft, Jackie says it’s taking her back to her hip hop roots and promises to be a whole vibe.

Jackie Hill Perry with husband Preston Perry (career growth)
Jackie Hill Perry with husband Preston Perry

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Conclusion

Mastering time management is essential for career growth, and the insights I shared provide a valuable roadmap for achieving this. By embracing lifelong learning, prioritizing tasks effectively, utilizing scheduling tools, and minimizing distractions, you can enhance your productivity and achieve your career goals. Remember, perseverance and resilience are key to overcoming challenges and staying focused on your path to success.

Stay tuned for more episodes of The Corelink Solution and continue to invest in your personal and professional development. With the right strategies and mindset, you can navigate the complexities of time management and unlock new opportunities for growth. – James Rosseau, Sr. AKA Trig

TIMECODE REFERENCES:

Time Management for Career Growth (00:00:10) The host discusses the importance of time management for career growth and shares personal experiences.

Importance of Education (00:03:08) The value of education and the impact of formal education on personal and career development are discussed.

Becoming a Lifetime Learner (00:04:06) The benefits of being a lifetime learner, including adaptability, creativity, resilience, and career opportunities, are highlighted.

Managing Calendar Effectively (00:07:19) The speaker shares tips on managing a calendar effectively, including color-coding, prioritizing, and evaluating commitments.

Tools for Time Management (00:12:22) The importance of using tools like Microsoft Outlook and Calendly for effective time management is emphasized.

Dealing with Distractions (00:16:54) The Eisenhower Matrix is introduced as a tool for dealing with distractions and prioritizing tasks based on importance and urgency.

The Eisenhower Matrix (00:19:55) Discussion on using the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize tasks and manage distractions effectively.

The Pomodoro Technique (00:20:58) Explanation of the Pomodoro Technique for time management, including its benefits and application.

Meeting Timeboxing (00:22:01) Utilizing timeboxing during meetings to manage discussions and keep them focused and productive.

Jackie Hill Perry’s Podcast Tour (00:25:38) Jackie Hill Perry discusses her 14-city podcast tour with her husband, sharing the topics and the family involvement.

Jackie Hill Perry’s Music Announcement (00:26:37) Jackie Hill Perry announces her partnership with Reach and plans to release new music after a break from writing.

Jackie Hill Perry’s Musical Style (00:29:27) Discussion on the evolution of Jackie Hill Perry’s musical style and the influences that will shape her new music.

Jackie Hill Perry’s Return to Music (00:32:05) Jackie Hill Perry’s decision to return to music, guided by discerning God’s will and creating margin for creative work.

Jackie Hill Perry’s Creative Process (00:35:10) Insight into Jackie Hill Perry’s creative process, driven by the music and open to experimentation.

Introduction of First Single “First Draft” (00:36:29) Jackie Hill Perry introduces her first single, “First Draft,” and shares the inspiration behind its creation.

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