Time Management; Dangers, Benefits and Examples
October 5, 2012 2 Comments
Time Management (Danger of Poor Habits)
Poor Time Management habits often create a hurricane of ‘urgent’ activity where we feel out-of-control, mistakes happen and expensive resources are wasted.
These stressful situations sacrifice profitability and our personal and corporate brand. In addition, frustrated co-workers feel taken advantage of which leads to low team spirit and high turnover.
In a world where transparency is increasing, our actions give everyone good reason to question our abilities and the quality of our product / service.
Actions speak louder than words.
Time Management (Benefits of Good Habits)
Imagine the professional success and personal satisfaction you’ll feel when you proudly exceed expectations – developing creative solutions, in less time and with less waste.
Imagine your team has a reputation for:
- Developing creative solutions on time and on budget
- Needing very few emergency meetings and rush jobs
- Improving the morale and loyalty of the people they work with
- Being exceptional communicators, team members and mentors
- Always having time to listen and help on important / strategic projects
- Doing all the things they enjoy
- Doing all the things they don’t enjoy but that are necessary; and they feel proud when they’re done
- Enjoying better balance – at work and personally
- Experiencing many proud moments and receiving praise throughout the day
Managing your time and resources puts you in control of your future and gives you a competitive advantage; it’s key to building trusting relationships with customers and co-workers that lead to greater market share and profitability.
Effective Time Management gives you and your team time to expand your skills and to experience the pride and rewards that come with success.
Procrastination (How To Avoid Procrastination)
Overcoming procrastination is one part of solving your personal Time Management challenges. One way to overcome procrastination is to be aware of what activities you use to distract yourself and avoid work you should be doing. However, if you can recognize these behaviours you will be able to get yourself back on track – back checking off tasks from your To-Do list.
So, for one week keep a secret list of the activities you do when you procrastinate. Here’s a list to help you start your list:
- Sleep in
- Leave your office for a coffee or other drink
- Clean your office / desk
- Go for an office walkabout and see if you can find someone to chat with
- Check Facebook
- Check / answer low priority email
- Read an online newspaper or magazine
- Go shopping
Don’t worry that you have to adopt every time management technique immediately. Start with a few that make sense for your work and lifestyle. Once you’ve mastered a few good habits then add another. Even if you adopt one new habit your work will benefit, and then you’ll want to add another.
Careful – Time Management may become addictive as you experience more and more enjoyment, success and satisfaction.
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