I have noticed an interesting screening mechanism that people use—the length of the message. If the message is short they read it. If it is long, they do not. This is one reason I decided to contribute to this blog. I find the messages short and to the point but still with thoughtful insights.
The truth is that your Time Management will be compromised unless you put the car in gear and move your foot onto the accelerator. If you are going to stay still or work around the project but not on the project, you are “Getting Nowhere”. Maybe you can relate to this?
Experimenting with different tactics to find the best way to maximize the use of time brings to mind Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States. Ike based his oval office decisions on the following: “What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.” He could not have been more right.
Let’s take a closer look at this concept, the Eisenhower Matrix. This method was made popular by Stephen Covey in his book “First Things First.” With the limitations on available time, the path to perfection is prioritization. When confronted with the scores of tasks to be done each day, two questions separate the items on the to-do list: First, is the task important? Second, is it urgent?
According to OfficeTime’s most recent survey, 47% named e-mail as the biggest time killer. As a matter of fact, of those polled by OfficeTime, 40% admitted they spend an average of 1-3 hours a day dealing with email.
Is Multitasking the Enemy of Productivity & What does it do to Time Management?It will come as a surprise to most of us to find out that only 2 percent of the work force can multitask effectively. If that is true, then 98 percent of us, who try to multitask almost every moment of every day, actually impair our productivity rather than help it – and what does that do to our time management???.
#1. Don’t Schedule Back-to-Back Appointments. Besides making your life unnecessarily difficult, just getting from place to place, this habit also totally squelches creativity because you’re mentally probably already worrying about the next place you need to be, instead of focusing on where you are. Leave a healthy gap between events so you can breath, power…
For many people, the word “fun” is not what comes to mind when they think of time management. Instead they think of it as just another important part of business. But who says you can’t make it fun? We have come up with a great way to track and manage your time that incorporates many key concepts – and uses the best time tracker out there to make it easy: OfficeTime.
#1. Segregate your Reading Material – If, like all of us, you receive tons of newsletters and blog updates, etc., take the time to change your subscription and have them re-routed to another email address – one you ONLY use for subscriptions. Don’t have Groupon and other offers sent there – JUST stuff you like…
#1. Sleep less! We realize, in the long run, this could work against you – but when under the gun on a project or facing the very real issues of a busy week, sometimes setting the clock an hour early can give you way more than time – it can give you an inspiring jump…