Nowadays many people are always under “time pressure”, they are constantly overwhelmed by work without the results to justify the effort.
Anger, stress and Frustration
Inability to complete even the seemingly small or insignificant obligations
Limited or no time for social / personal life
Endless list of obligations and outstanding issues
Thus intense anxiety and stress is generated, while threatening our self-esteem, after starting to doubt our value and capabilities
Before you reach into any conclusion about the skills or any possible weaknesses, we propose to locate those points, which can “steal” the precious minutes of your day
Poor management of e-mail. Does your inbox has become the size of a telephone directory? How often do you interrupt your work, to read incoming messages
The “one minute” disruption. Think how often you interrupt only for 1 minute while working, to give an answer or to tell you something. After each break, you need about 5-6 minutes to revert to your work.
Poor management of meetings. Consider the time you spend weekly on the preparation, implementation and review of meetings.
Tasks you should assign to others. If you prefer to do everything on your own, you will never finish.
Avoid taking decisions. Is the “hard work” you have in mind a relatively easy job that was not completed the time it should have been completed
Not clear and well set objectives and priorities. When we do not know where we go, we do not go anywhere.
Weakness in denial. You do not wish to upset others, or from the fear of possible consequences, you never say “no” when you are asked to do that extra task or activity that normally you shouldn’t.
A ‘messy’ office. Each paper over your desk distracts your attention 5 times a day. Think how much time you lose, looking for something that is “buried” beneath the pile of papers.
Good management of time (Time Management) requires clear thinking and good planning. So manage your time, starting now
.Write in a piece of paper
It is extremely difficult to pinpoint the time lost every day in “minor things” (phones, e-mail, etc.). Record accurately for a few days’ activities and the time you spend in them
.Concentrate on the important activities
According to the principle of Pareto (80:20), 80% of the output resulting from “critical” 20% of the effort. Give priority where appropriate
.Find your productive time
If you work 7 ½ hours a day, you have approximately 1,500 production hours per year. Discover the hours you are very productive, to work the most difficult and painful issues
.Do not postpone things for later
Tackle each issue when it is needed. Do not leave it for another, better time, because under the pressure of time is likely to make mistakes and take faulty decisions
.Start a job and finish it without interruptions
If you leave many jobs pending, at the end you will need more time to find where they had left
.Delegate jobs to other people
Do not do everything on your own, simply because YOU CANNOT! Share responsibilities with others who can help you. Check periodically the progress of work
.Schedule your communication
Choose what hours would you deal with phone calls and e-mail. Set some time in the day to discuss and organize your routine matters
.Organise your office
Keep only the necessary papers, create a clever, simple and easy to use archiving system (envelopes, colours), and organize the largest volume of your work online. Try to avoid irritating paperwork
.Book an Appointment with … yourself
This is the most important tip from all. Find some time, maybe one hour per day and hide from people, phone, and email. Do what you would do if you had an important appointment in your office. It is particularly productive. Take it