Productivity Principles to Work By-Managing Activities
Time is finite: there is only 24 hours in a day (or 86,400 seconds!), we can’t stretch, save buy lose or bank time. About 1/3 of that time we should be sleeping. The rest is taken up with urgent-but-not important tasks, poorly managed interruptions, looking for missing items and a variety of other time wasters.
You might find this list of time wasters interesting. In fact, I bet you can check off each one that you deal with!
All of these time wasters represent activities that can be better managed. Start by putting your personal and organizational goals in writing. Having a vision of the things you’d rather be doing to work towards is powerful. Then every week do something that brings you closer to your goals.
When you get caught up in one of the typical time wasters above ask yourself this question: “How is this activity going to help me reach my vision and goals?” If you don’t like the answer, do something about it!
Side note: I’m not saying don’t have fun, but remember, it’s all about having balance in our work and play!
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