Productivity Principles to Work By-Managing Activities

When it comes to productive use of time, it’s all about how you manage your activities. We’re living in the age of information overload–and our productivity level significantly drops when we’re trying to process too much information.

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!

  • Interruptions by others
  • Phone calls
  • Handling rush jobs
  • Multitasking
  • Time spent in meetings
  • Email, Correspondence, Reports
  • Searching for material
  • Web surfing/Social Media

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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Nicole Chamblin

I’m Nicole Chamblin, a productivity “coachsultant”, the Chief Visionary and owner of Visions Productivity Solutions. Through onsite consulting, virtual coaching and live training sessions, I love teaching ways to more effectively manage the 3 Ts™- time, team, and tasks. If you’re a small business owner or a department head of an established business that has never taken the time to put in place back end administrative processes to improve productivity, efficiency, communication and collaboration– I can help.
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