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Effective Time Management and Productivity by Matt Kendall

Do you find that there aren't enough hours in the day? You never seem to get enough done, and when you do somehow there is always a lot more stuff to do. Is it just me or when you have been working hard all day you aren't even quite sure what you have done? Also it is nearly Christmas again, how is that even possible?

There is a massive difference between being busy and being productive. Most of us spend time being busy and forcing ourselves to work harder, yet we are not being half as productive as we could be.

There is also this weird concept of “saving time” like it is some sort of commodity that we can store and somehow cash in at the end of the week. There is no such thing as time management as time is a constant. The only thing you can manage is yourself.

In this talk I am going to be going over several proven techniques and strategies that are going to help you become more motivated, less stressed and a much more productive.

Like with all the talks I give, the information is going to be highly relevant, practical and easy to incorporate into your own life. It is going to be a no frills approach to getting things done, not some wishy washy “if you can dream it you can achieve it” nonsense. Please do not expect any positivity from this talk!

This talk is suitable for people who are in business and those with a regular job. All the techniques work in both environments.

In this talk you are going to learn the following;

The main reasons you waste time

Why goal setting is b******s

Why the search for passion and inspiration will send you crazy

How to effectively use a calendar

How to break down jobs and tasks

How to massively reduce your stress levels

How to ensure everything gets done and on time

The correct way to use a do a to do list

How to get your brain into the most productive state

The main causes of procrastination and how to overcome them

How to incorporate fun and leisure into your life

How to say no to people and things

The truth about motivation

Here is some feedback from people who attended this talk in November 2013;

Natalie "A great talk, thank you Matt. I always used to write down everything I had to get done as I have a terrible memory but I'd be overwhelmed as my expectations were unrealistic and I'd feel swamped. Now I have been allocating a manageable number of tasks to each day of the week and practicing taking small breaks at regular intervals (and drinking water!) I have been much more productive and have unsubscribed to all of the nonsense emails which used to pop into my inbox and distract me. Really looking forward to Interesting Talks in 2014!"

Leanne Ford  "Would recommend this to anyone who struggles to get everything done they want to. By putting into practice some of Matt's ideas, I felt more relaxed and calm about what I had to achieve during a packed day today. In essence, got everything out of my head and onto paper and then wrote a schedule for when everything needed to be done. Had a community event and two photoshoots. Planning in advance is actually really liberating. Now, to advance these new found skills!" 

Simon Patrick "Always like Matt presenting. To the point, honest, blunt, pragmatic and always funny."

Beverley "Funny, honest, excellent presentation. We can all improve our productivity. Well done Matt!"

Stephen Dexter "Brilliant. Best practices for managing your time better. In action already!!"

Gary N "Great event. Have been busy getting started with various first stage tasks already!"

Everything in this talk is going to be about taking a practical approach towards your work and life. This is NOT about asking the universe for stuff, positive thinking or manifesting things in your life. This is about how to achieve real results in your life and making the best use of your time.  

Matt Kendall

Matt is the founder and host of Interesting Talks. He is a therapist seeing several clients per week and a therapy trainer and in the New Year he will be running practitioner courses.

Matt is also involved with several other projects including running The Interesting Business Club, a monthly networking event. Matt also interviews several people a week about business. He is also involved in a number of web projects and the production of digital products.

Matt’s only real skill is that of getting stuff done. He has an incredibly practical approach towards projects and his work. He manages to run one of the largest meetup groups in the world and be a successful therapist whilst still being incredibly lazy and seemingly unmotivated. Along with all the projects he is involved with, Matt is an incredibly relaxed and fun loving person with a great social life.

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  • leslie

    Great talk matt, hope your feeling better now.

    May 29, 2014

  • Nichole M.

    This was my first experience of Meet up and the Interesting talks group and I'll definitely be signing up for more! Matt has a practical,no nonsense approach that can be implemented straight away to improve anyone's productivity.

    1 · May 28, 2014

  • Ganesh

    Great presentation, looking forward to practically implementing the methodologies discussed.

    May 27, 2014

  • AyPee

    Succinct, Valuable, Typical Matt Kendall!

    May 27, 2014

  • Osmond D.

    Thanks to Matt for the inspirational talk and
    considering that he was not feeling well!

    It is better if a speaker is talking from their own experience.

    I made notes on lots of useful points.

    May 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I'm down with a stomach bug from my holiday this weekend and I won't be able to make it. Am gutted, I was really looking forward to this talk as it's really relevant to my profession. Matt, I wish you would record the videos and allow for online subscriptions to watch the past talks. I hope this same topic is organized again soon.


    May 27, 2014

    • Daniel C.

      Hey Cindy, although im not filming the talk tonight, as Matt has just posted, his same talk is already on the membership site. feel free to check it out and plenty of other videos all to do with business :)

      May 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Matt, Daniel - thanks for your replies. That's great, I'll check out the videos on your site.

      May 27, 2014

  • Michael A

    Very practical useful information presented in a useful, no bulls**t manner.

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Yusuf G.

    Does the talk start at 6:30pm or 7pm?

    May 27, 2014

  • SammyB

    unfortunately delayed at work , so will be unable to attend. Hopefully next time for sure!

    May 27, 2014

  • Osmond D.

    With planning, I tend to “front-load”;
    do things as soon as possible (or in stages).

    This removes the stress/panic,
    when things are done at the last minute!

    May 27, 2014

  • Jaz

    I think I read once that I could swap my place for a space at another talk if I paid but couldn't make it. I could be thinking of another group, but I am sure it was this one. If no-one purchases my ticket, will I be able to do that? Thank you!

    May 27, 2014

    • Jaz

      Thanks for the information Matt! If no-one purchases my ticket I will accept losing £6 and be sure that I keep the day free in future so that I don't miss another Meetup next time :)

      May 27, 2014

  • Lucinda

    Time is my biggest enemy ;-)

    May 19, 2014

  • Jaz

    I am not sure if I can still make it. I feel I should explain: I was really looking forward to this talk but I will be staying with my partner tonight. My bag is really heavy for some reason (although I tried to make it lighter) and I don't want to drag it around London, especially with my physical disability. So annoying! Would anyone like to buy my spot from me?

    May 27, 2014

  • Osmond D.

    I deleted the worry “busy” from my dictionary!

    Work “Smart” + planning and prepare in advance of events.

    1 · May 24, 2014

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