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CATCH THOSE TIME THIEVES!
We're often unaware of the many things that rob us of our time. For instance, the television and telephone can cause us to lose control of our time. Instead of turning off the TV after dinner for relaxation, decide to tackle a task, and then watch one "worthwhile" program for a reward. And as for the phone, take it off the hook or put the cell on silence and let the answer system allow you better concentration for the task at hand. If you do answer the phone begin early on in the conversation saying, "I can't talk long", or "I can't talk right now", thus keeping the conversation from getting lengthy and disrupting your schedule. Simply return the call at a better time.
If you're involved in running meetings and facilitating communication you'll want to catch time thieves in this area. Start and end meetings on time, have a definite agenda, and don't hesitate to cancel a meeting if you begin to realize it's not truly necessary. Your choice and use of various communication patterns can "steal" or "save" you time. Often a memo, email, or letter is much faster than a verbal exchange; other times a phone call or a brief conversation is quicker.
When it come to errands and shopping – plan, consolidate, delegate, limit, use catalogs and deliveries. Consider doing some errands on your lunch hour, on the way to or from work, or a volunteering opportunity instead of letting them consume a Saturday. Put items to be dropped off in your car so you don't accidentally leave them at home the day you'll make the delivery.
Disorganization is a sure thief of your time. Having to search for information or items robs you of precious minutes. Solution? Clean up your clutter! Organize your drawers, closets, and cupboards, set up a filing system, establish a place for everything – then return the things to their place.
Finally, the procrastination thief can be thwarted by taking care of little tasks before they become big time consuming ones. Putting off assignments until an absolute deadline looms creates stress and lessens your effectiveness.
posted on: 11/4/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.