Saturday, November 11, 2006

Top Five Time Management Mistakes (Summarized)

(via CC Consulting)

In my thirty years as a Time Management speaker and consultant, I have observed a lot of what we can and should not do to increase our daily result. Time management is not necessarily working "harder", but rather, "smarter".

  1. Start your day without a plan of action
    You will begin your day by responding to the loudest voice (the squeaky wheel gets the grease) and spend it in a defensive mode, responding to other people's and events' demands.

  2. Get out of balance in your life
    Much like a table, if one leg is longer than the rest, it will make the entire table wobbly. If we don't take time for health, our family life and social life are hurt. If our financial area is out of balance, we will not be able to focus adequately on our professional goals, etc.

  3. Work with a messy desk or work area
    Studies have shown that the person who works with a messy desk spends, on average, one and a half hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things. That's seven and a half hours per week.

  4. Don't get enough sleep
    Studies show that nearly 75% of us complain on a regular basis, all throughout our days, that we are flat-out tired.

  5. Don't take a lunch break
    Many do not take a lunch break, working through that time period in the hopes that it will give them more time to produce results. Studies have shown it may work just the opposite. After doing what we do for several hours, we start to "dull out." Sure, we can work through lunch and be productive, but that is not the issue. The issue is "how much more" productive we can be.

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