Sunday, April 7, 2013

Time Management For The Hurried And The Harried Professional

Are you doing more and enjoying it less? Are you missing a performance bonus opportunity? Are you risking a professional development or advancement opportunity? Do you work an extra 150-240 hours per year risking your health and quality of life? What is the REAL cost to YOU of wasted time?
Studies indicate that the average executive wastes thousands of dollars in productivity each year searching for lost information: Forbes Magazine: 150 hours/year = $3,750*, Wall Street Journal: 225 hours/year = $5,625*, National Association of Professional Organizers: 240 hours/year = $6,000*. (*based on 37.5 hour work week @ $50,000 annual salary)
Let's face it - in the workplace and in life in general, we often seem to be on a treadmill called hurry, worry and bury. Sound familiar? The one constant in our life is change: changing roles, new demands, multiple projects, more responsibility and constantly juggling priorities in the workplace. We are time-starved and work-hurried.
It all boils down to making the most effective use of our abilities and maximizing our time management skills. Key factors to consider in making the best use of our time are: 
·  understanding the concepts around time and its management, including time as a conservable (and costly) resource
·  identifying the habits and practices that result in wasted time
·  learning practical techniques that can be used to improve productivity and satisfaction
·  identifying specific skill areas and methods to make better use of time
·  making informed decisions about how you can manage your time and juggle priorities to your best advantage.

Just think, if you can show management how time is consumed, the value of your time and the cost of wasted time, do you think they would pay closer attention to providing you with tools that will make you even more effective? You will grab and hold their attention if you can find ways to show them how their time management practices (or lack thereof) impact the bottom line.
Learning how to get organized and prioritize the priorities, how to handle interruptions and distractions, and how to say "no" will make sure there's time left in the day for you. Proven techniques to help you control time and make it work for you will make you more efficient....and a lot less stressed!
"It Is Not The Number Of Hours We Have That Counts, 
But Rather, The Use We Make Of Them." (unknown)
Article Source: EzineArticles