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Posted by Ross Sampson | on 09-Aug-2018
Have you ever got to the end of the working week and wondered what you’d actually achieved? If so, you’re certainly not alone, and it appears to be an increasingly common phenomenon.
Work-life is full of deadlines, priorities and routines, all competing for our attention and energy. Unless you are adept at prioritisation, planning and efficient task execution, you may feel that your workload controls you, rather than the other way around!
A frequent complaint we hear is that “the day just seems to disappear.” Good intentions seem to get derailed by interruptions, and instead of making progress on that crucial project, other people’s priorities and agendas seem to have hijacked your day. Sound familiar?
It may be that ‘time bandits’ are a major part of the problem. There are many of them, but the most common seem to be:
To identify which time bandits are robbing you of valuable mindshare and focus, why not keep a time log? This is an important first step, and frequently sheds light on why you feel that time has ‘just slipped away!’ Here are a few pointers for effective time logging:
Once you have completed your log, categorise your activities and review the results. It is likely that this process will highlight which time bandits get in the way, and which habits tend to hijack your day.
Now put in place new routines, practices and controls to improve your efficiency and effectiveness.
Equip yourself to succeed with our time management courses: