It may seem harmless enough but this insidious piece of technology has cost the planet millions of hours in lost productivity. It has almost certainly eaten valuable chunks of your day. It is Outlook's "New Mail Desktop Alert". How much harm can a dinging sound and a popup cause?
How much work-time is done in your office? A survey of 10,000 American staff showed that many staff intentionally waste over 2 hours a day at work. Interesting, those born in the 1950’s waste around 40 minutes a day, while those born in the 1980’s waste over 2 hours. This article looks at where wasted time goes at work and the potential to save time.
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What are your energy levels like? Are you ‘ready to go’ in the morning? Are you able to maintain high levels of energy during the day? Do you rely a lot on caffeine or sugar to keep you going? Do you have energy at the end of the day? There is a strong case that energy management can save you more time than time management.
Why do parents try to ‘do it all’? I have never understood parents who do all the work around the house while the kids do close to nothing. Two problems with this – (i) the kids are being taught to be lazy, self-centered, and increases their dependency; and (ii) the already time-starved parents end up doing all the work. When you invest time teaching kids to share the load at home, you will save a lot of time.
The way we view and deal with time is central to our life. Some people seem to have all time in the world, while others can't get enough time. Time perspective guru’s Zimardo and Boyd, claim that time perspectives is "one of the most powerful influences on virtually all aspects of human behavior".
<p>To make effective use of our time we need to – (A) establish what our priorities are, and (B) make sure our time usage reflects those priorities. By managing our priorities we can achieve more goals, and improve our work/life balance. We might be efficient at what we do, but if we are not doing the right things then we won’t be effective. This article focuses on three great tools to aid priority setting.</p>
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