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The Grand Connections community was thrilled to meet Mike Vardy and here for the first time his new talk “The True Speed of Time Management”.

Mike Vardy shared his passion and enthusiasm for crafting time as the Productivityist. He is truly on a quest to help us to stop “doing” productive and start “being” productive. He shared his practical approaches to TimeCrafting with strategies and tactics for developing task and time management.

The world is moving at a breakneck pace. We are inundated with information 24/7 and are expected to deliver the goods at both work and home while digesting everything that comes our way. It’s a challenge for us to keep up with everything we need to do – let alone get ahead so we can spend time on the things we want to do.

Productivity isn’t productivity; it’s the partnership between intention – what we intend to do – and attention. You can’t just have one to be productive. You need BOTH.

Crafting your time should not be seen as something restrictive but rather a way of creating freedom for yourself. Having a framework in place to follow allows us to focus on what really matters while getting the most done in the time we have allotted for each task.

Mike shared with us his five categories of mode based living.

Time-Based Modes
5 Minute Mode, 15 Minute Mode, 30 Minute Mode
If your task will take more than 60 minutes, it’s a project.

Resource-Based Modes
Have at your disposal to complete a task. Using Microsoft Word, “Word Mode” can gather all your Word-based tasks into one mode. Examples: Email Mode, Assistant Mode, Kitchen Mode

Energy-Based Modes
Your energy levels play a big role in your task and time management. Add an arrow up beside the task that requires high energy and an arrow down for low energy tasks. Examples: High Energy Mode, Low Energy Mode, Deep Work Mode

Activity-Based Modes
Pretty much any verb is an Activity-Based mode. You want to get specific and make them deeply personal. Examples: Errand-Running Mode, Reading Mode, Learning Mode

Theme-Based Modes
Broad in scope and can be used for those who don’t feel that “time theming” can work for them. Examples: Family Mode, Optimization Mode, Household Mode

Mike Vardy is a writer, productivity strategist, and the creator of the methodology and philosophy known as TimeCrafting. He has a popular podcast and is the author of several books, including The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want and the upcoming TimeCrafting: A Better Way to Get The Right Things Done. He is a renowned speaker and has taught productivity practices on popular online education platforms CreativeLive, Skillshare, and LinkedIn Learning where his courses are among the most popular in the business category. Mike lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with his incredible wife, daughter, and son.


Interested in More Mike?

Visit our facebook group to watch the full talk!

Here is his handout The 5 Categories of Modes: The Way to Make Work and Life TREAT You Better

Free Book: The Gift of Time by Mike Vardy

Check out his conference Feb 2021! The BIG READY Hosted by Mike Vardy