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Are these time problems affecting your day?

Working harder does not always been better things will come your way. Working harder means often more hours, more fatigue, and can be a reflection of in-efficiency in your workplace. There are a few key ways we use our time that can be really detrimental to a practice that is wanting to become more efficient. Knowing which ones relate to us is a great first step in then trying to reduce their impact on our day to day.

Personal time problems can not only affect how much you achieve in a day, but they can also affect your team, or have a flow on effect to your family.

I like to achieve a lot! Those that know me would agree, I like to give life my all, but the more I work on effectiveness the better – if I am inefficient in what I do...then it often means less time with my family – so the motivation to work on any personal time problems is a big one for me! Which of the following personal time problems might you have?

  • Procrastination – avoiding a task that might be a little harder, or needs a decision. We look to do other things instead, re-writing our to-do lists, cleaning our desk, searching the web for your next holiday. These are all great things to do, don’t get me wrong, but...are they the right things being done at the right time? Or are you doing them to avoid something that has a higher priority that you just don’t want to start?
  • Disorganisation – when we are disorganised, we often think we are busy but we are not! We often feel snowed under with lots of admin paperwork, and it’s all over the place. What you often end up doing if you are not organised, is spending your time looking for something, trying to remember where you were up to with a particular task or project, or sorting through piles of paper to remind yourself what you need to complete that week. It's not a great way to be.
  • Lack of direction – it is hard to make good decisions if you do not have a clear direction of where you are headed. Without goals, how do we know what to prioritise in our personal life or our working life? Are you working on the last thing someone asked you to do before you went home, or are you working on the things you need to do that will make your week run more smoothly? Make sure you remember that urgency and importance are not the same thing, we can have urgent important tasks, and we can have urgent un-important tasks, those ones that make you feel rushed. By knowing your direction, you can start to work towards the non-urgent, important tasks.
  • Growing backlog – you have most likely been there before – a growing email inbox with replies that you need to attend to, a to-do list that grows and grows, feeling like you haven’t called your friend in a long time, it’s on the list, but you just don’t get to it. Often we think if we just work longer hours we can catch up, but if you frequently have a growing backlog of tasks, working longer hours is not really a long term solution. You need to work out a strategy to prevent the backlog in the first place.

Knowing where we have difficulties, can help us then move forward. If the above relates to you, pick one to work on over the next week. Remember, managing our time effectively takes practice – don’t get down hearted if you don’t succeed at the first attempt – particularly if you are a creature of habit and like to go back to your old ways!

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