Where does all the time go? Long hours. Late nights. Snatched lunches. Some people boast about their overwhelming work schedule as if it’s a badge of honor: “I start work at 7:00 a.m. and work right though until 8:00 p.m.” Often their Herculean claims border on the...
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How to Delegate
Our time study data indicates that the average employee spends 19% of his or her time on administrative tasks. This increases to 25% for managers. For many of them, delegation of some tasks would free up more time for high priority activities. But employees make all...
Mark Ellwood Radio Interview on Productivity
Have you got six minutes? Here’s a punchy radio interview with some practical tips for managing your time. Along with the tips, you’ll hear time study insights from our work measurement and process improvement...
Take Control When You Can’t Say No
Sometimes it is difficult to say no. An urgent request comes your way and it has to get done. Right now. Yesterday if possible. If you could say no and turn down the request, you’d have more time for the things that count. But the situation demands action...
How to Prepare for Meetings
One reason that people dislike meetings is that they are not well planned. If you are the chair for the meeting, some preparation steps can make a big difference. And even if you are not the chair, you can ask that these be done. Writing an agenda in advance forces...
The Best Tip For Planning Your Day
Employees who spend more time planning generally get better results. This is based on evidence from our work measurement studies where employees track their time using our TimeCorder device. So make time for planning each day. Here is my favorite tip on how to do it –...
Be Accountable and Stop Procrastinating
It is so easy to put something off that doesn’t matter. Or at least, you think it doesn’t matter. Maybe not today. But someday it will. That aching toothache you think might just go away. The overdue taxes that maybe they won’t check up on. All of these catch up some...
Cut The Glut of Email
Our time study research indicates that employees spend 3.3 hours per week on miscellaneous email messages that are not connected with any of their main projects. That’s a massive amount of time that could easily be reduced. Here are some tips for handling email...
How To Set Goals Using The SMART Formula
Have you ever heard of the SMART formula? When time begins to rush at you quickly, do you know where you are headed? The goals you set for tomorrow are your pictures of success. By setting them today, you aim your activities in the right direction. But a goal should...
- Putting A Priority On Your Time
- Seeking Executive Women For A Time Study
- Up The Creek Without A Poodle
- Clear Your Day And Block Your Time
- How to Delegate
- Mark Ellwood Radio Interview on Productivity
- Take Control When You Can’t Say No
- How to Prepare for Meetings
- The Best Tip For Planning Your Day
- Be Accountable and Stop Procrastinating