Are you frustrated by time wasters? Do you find that when you have something important to get done, you keep getting interrupted or distracted?
Did you know, that if your concentration is taken off a task, it can take 15 MINUTES to get back to where you left it?
It is time to tackle these issues. Here are the common culprits and practical steps for dealing with them.
What do you do if you are constantly interrupted by people dropping by while you are trying to work?
In today's workplace, open plan offices are common and you cannot close the door when you need quiet time to work. At the same time, you do not want to appear rude to your visitors.
Try these tips to tackle this common time waster:
There was a time when people left work on Friday evening and were able to switch off until Monday morning. With advances in technology, we are now available 24/7. This is a major time waster - of our precious leisure time! Try these suggestions to get back your work/life balance AND be more effective with your time:
You may have spent time on your To Do list and your Schedule, but what do you do if your manager is a poor time manager and constantly interrupts your time management plan? Or your fellow team members put their agenda ahead of yours? This time waster can feel out of your control.
This is not an easy position to be in, but if you are regularly bringing work home in order to keep others happy, you need to change this habit. Firstly, be ruthless with your own time wasters. Then assert yourself with others in a constructive way. These tips on time management may help:
Are you someone who finds it hard to work on a task for prolonged periods? Are you constantly looking for diversions, such as a cup of coffee, a quick browse on the internet, or a read of the paper? These are all great pastimes, but NOT when they are taking you from the task at hand.
If you are finding it hard to stay motivated, take this time management advice:
For more tips on time management and ways to control your time wasters, click on Time Management Techniques.
Click on Time Management Skills Audio Guide and Workbook to hear the common questions people have on how to manage their time and some practical time management advice. The companion workbook contains a wide range of time management worksheets, time management logs and other useful information.
Click on Time Management in the Workplace for specific advice on how to manage your time at work.
And if you need some extra encouragement to change, click on the Importance of Time Management.
Click on Effective Meetings for practical steps you can take to improve meeting etiquette in your business. Includes sample meeting agenda templates and meeting minutes templates.
Discover six of our favourite Meeting Icebreakers to breathe new life into your meetings, or to get a new team off to a good start.
How to Run a Meeting highlights the pitfalls to avoid when conducting meetings and the most common reasons for meeting failure. Identifies the biggest obstacle to effective business meetings and how to overcome it.
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