How We Conduct the Minutes and Hours of Our Days

It ends up that one of the Bette Boomer founders is a bit of a priority management nut, and has provided workshops on the subject in a past life. The next couple of blogs will reflect some of the research and tools previous used to motivate others to set and achieve goals.

We all use time at the same rate, sixty seconds every minute. Not one of us can use more than one hundred and sixty-eight hours per week, or 8,760 hours in a year. We can, however, challenge ourselves to use those minutes and hours more efficiently and effectively. How you utilize your time is a reflection of your organization and planning, as well as your personal style and habits.

In order to understand and apply better time management principles, you will need to identify how you use your time, what challenges you routinely encounter in using it wisely, and what causes these challenges.

Through honest self assessment you will have the opportunity to identify your obstacles and choose a path of commitment that will lead to realizing your priority management goals. Here is a tool for tracking your time. time log

After tracking your use of time for a week, and then assessing it (as the document link above directs), you will be better informed on what changes you may need to make. You will be able to identify time wasters and common distractions. There are two types of time wasters – Self-Imposed and Imposed-by-Others. Here are some, you can likely identify others specific to your life.

Self-Imposed:

  • Disorganization
  • Procrastination
  • Inability to Say No
  • Gossip
  • Unnecessary Perfectionism
  • Lack of Preparation
  • Not delegating

Imposed-by-Others:

  • Visitors
  • Telephone calls
  • Email
  • Junk email – Jokes – Spam
  • Waiting for someone
  • Unproductive meetings
  • Crises

In the next blog we will offer suggestions on how to overcome time wasters, get focused and reach your goals!

“The average person gets 1 interruption every 8 minutes, or approximately 7 an hour, or 50-60 per day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes, totaling about 4 hours or 50% of the average workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically rated as “little value” or “no value” creating approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day.” Dr. Donald E. Wetmore of the Productivity Institute –  www.balancetime.com

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