80% of time management problems are self-imposed

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Many feel that eighty percent of their time management problems come from others when, in reality, eighty percent are self-imposed.

There are at least twenty self-imposed habits that cannibalize time. Here are four examples: unwilling to say no, attempting too much, procrastination, and insufficient planning. Do you own any of these?

The good news is we can control self-imposed time wasters with practice and discipline. Remember what we were told as children: “When we point our finger at somebody else, there are four pointing back at us.”

Control the four time wasters mentioned above and other self imposed problems, and you’ll be an incredible time manager. Then other people won’t be your problem!

Use a talk file to avoid interrupting others – Tip

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One of the best time management tips I ever learned was the use of a “talk file.” If you communicate with a number of people on an on-going basis, you could label an index tab in your planning tool “talk file.” Then put a sheet of paper in that section for each person with whom you communicate.

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Email jail, the dirty little secret

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EmailJailEmail, like the telephone, is a business tool that facilitates communication. Also, like the telephone, it can be abused and often becomes a time-waster. This occurs when this wonderful technology is used for excessive “chit-chat” on company time. The covert nature of email permits us to do this while appearing to be engaged in work. It’s easy to sit in a cubicle and visit with the outside world all day long. When this becomes a habit, we’ve put ourselves in email jail.

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4 ways any organization can increase productivity – Tip

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Most would agree time is our most precious commodity. Why then do so many organizations pay so little attention to its use? Here are four things any organization can do to increase productivity:

1. Heighten the value of time in the minds of all members by talking about it in meetings and all areas of communication.

2. Teach time management skills to all members and require them to use a time management system.

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