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Personal Productivity

Manual workerI 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!

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8 thoughts on “Personal Productivity

  1. Totally on target, Kevin. Multi tasking is time consuming and inefficient. However at times there is a lot of attraction to it. For example, if there are several choices (technical specializations) in which to spend your training dollars and time. All equally probably of being useful in the medium or long term. There is desire to somehow conduct the studies in parallel. I am not sure if this is even a situation you thought about. But what do you suggest?

  2. Totally on target, Kevin. Multi tasking is time consuming and inefficient. However at times there is a lot of attraction to it. For example, if there are several choices (technical specializations) in which to spend your training dollars and time. All equally probably of being useful in the medium or long term. There is desire to somehow conduct the studies in parallel. I am not sure if this is even a situation you thought about. But what do you suggest?

  3. My suggestion would be that completing several courses of study at the same time is not an uncommon practice and perfectly "doable" … IF you are very focused on each course individually for the time it requires.

    The issue is probably less a multi-tasking issue, but more of a life balance issue. If you take on too much work and have not enough time left for leisure or personal activities then you can get "burned out". We all have our own tolerance levels for "balance" and its a very personal decision about just how much is "too much".

    You Do need to push yourself to get the best results you can. It is perfectly fine to push limits … BUT you also have to know when enough is enough.

    Hope that makes sense.

  4. My suggestion would be that completing several courses of study at the same time is not an uncommon practice and perfectly "doable" … IF you are very focused on each course individually for the time it requires.

    The issue is probably less a multi-tasking issue, but more of a life balance issue. If you take on too much work and have not enough time left for leisure or personal activities then you can get "burned out". We all have our own tolerance levels for "balance" and its a very personal decision about just how much is "too much".

    You Do need to push yourself to get the best results you can. It is perfectly fine to push limits … BUT you also have to know when enough is enough.

    Hope that makes sense.

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