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Personal Productivity

I think I prefer that title as it is more accurate than Time Management … of course no-one can manage time, we can just maximize the time that we have at our disposal.

Over the course of the last three years I have written on this subject (sometimes calling it time management I must confess) many times. I consider this to be one of THE key areas in which a person can really (a) differentiate themselves from their peers and (b) have a true impact on their life, by spending time on the important things … rather than being ineffective.

Today I was directed to an article about Multi-Tasking (called Why Multi-Tasking Doesn’t Work) that was both interesting and informative. The gist of the article is that multi-tasking makes us far less productive and even cites a study that suggests a driver using a mobile phone performs about the same as a drunk driver! There is something to think about … I wonder what affect doing lipstick and driving has!

So this article reminded me that it has been some time since I addressed this subject. Here are some resources you might want to check out.

My blog entry …10 Time Management Tips from June 2009.
My blog entry …Getting Control of Your Time from February 2009.
My blog entry …Goals The Way to Take Charge of Your Life from July 2006.
The CEO Blog – time leadership by Jim Estill
Getting Things Done by David Allen … a whole philosophy on the subject!

I really believe that this is an area that bears constant attention. We can all get more productive, learn new techniques, try different ways of doing things to maximize time. The result can be dramatic … and as an old sales guy I can’t stress enough the value of good “time management” habits.

As I have often said the result may mean more time available for “family time” or it may mean exceeding targets, but whatever your goal making better use of your time can only be a good thing!