CFN – In this age of doing more with less we are bringing you some valuable business tips to start your week off. Sue McConville of McConville and Associates has agreed to provide us with quick insights into how
you can improve your personal and organizational performance. Sue possesses more than 30 years of experience in business, learning and people development in the education sector as well as private – and publicly – led companies in both Canada and the United States.
We are going to start with a topic that everyone can use some help with, time management.
Tip # 1
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the things that need to be done each day?
Does the day fly by without you accomplishing everything you want to do?
Many of us go to bed each night and wonder what happened to our day. If you want to carve out more time for yourself, then you must first understand how you spend the 24 hours you are allotted each day.
Let’s assume that you want 8 hours of sleep. That leaves you 16 hours each day to go to work, cook meals, volunteer, clean the house, call your mother, chauffer the kids, check your email, surf the net, shop, watch TV, exercise, visit friends, pay bills and well – you get the idea..
For the next week, write down EVERYTHING you do and approximately how long it takes to do it. Use a day-timer, a note book, or your favourite electronic device – whatever works for you. Try to categorize the activities – meeting (2 hours), making lunches (15 min), walking the dog (20 min), chatting with co-workers (25min). Do not try to add details – just an overview.
At the end of the week, plan on spending two hours analysing your data.
Can you identify your “time wasters”?
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