The purpose of creating this group is intended to help participants identify how to make the best use of time - and any habits they might need to break. Time Management and Personal Productivity begin with your commitment to change and is not difficult providing that you commit to action.
Often we find ourselves in a situation where we "run out of time" with so many things still to do. Therefore anyone who wants to share their knowledge and/or experiences or learn more about managing their time and thus improve their personal productivity is invited to join in the fun.
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According to Wikepedia, human multitasking is the apparent performance by an individual of handling more than one task at the same time. Does this then mean that one can enhance own productivity by handling more than one task simultaneously?So many things are depending on a person's high level of productivity. Listed below are a few - there are more:The perseverence of the company you work forThe perseverence of your own businessYour own perseverenceThe growth and success of our economyThe growth and success of global business as well in RSAThe clients visiting any business needs to be served betterAlthough there are a few people who are good at it, I am not one of them.So is there a case for multitasking?Hoping to enhance/better our productivity, many of us multitask to some degree. And, in the modern competative world we live in, the pace of our lives is often frantic. More than often people who can multitask are evaluated as efficient and effective. Besides, we get more done when we handle more than one task at a time - or do we?Multitask does not enhance/improve our productivity as we think it does. In fact, it could have an impact on our time management - costing us time instead of creating it.The reason why multitasking does not work is simple - we cannot fully focus on more than one task at a time. A study by David and Meyer, Timo Keander, Chris Ducker and ohers found that in the interim between switching of tasks the attention and focus, i.e our brain, does not make any progress. Thus - multitask result in us not only completing each task less satisfactory, but also loose valuable time in the process.Key points to stop/avoiding multitasking:Improve your concentration - ensure that you are comfortable, avoid distractions and create a friendly working environmentSet specific times (time blocks) for checking emails, returning calls or doing researchTurn of your email alertsTake short breaks - not longer than 5 minutes which will enable you to refocus on the…Continue
Do you want to know how to manage information overload consciously and remain productive?What does information overload do to you?What does your inner state actually feel like?How to deal with information overload in a conscious yet productive way.Contact me to chat to your staff – I won’t need much time – short and mind opening talk on how to consciously manage information overload and ultimately time…Ohmtraining@gmail.comContinue
Hi All,Priority Management is a global training company operating in 75 locations worldwide. Our mostly widely used programmes are out Working Sm@rt programmes. These workshops focus on Workload Management and studies have shown we are giving back 64 minutes per day to individuals who follow the methodology. So, it was great to find this group on Skills Universe with some of our own jargon.Continue
Here are a few guidelines on Communication and Productivity along with an invite to share your ideas.For any business to prosper effective communication is essential. It iliminates time wasting and increase productivity because it empowers all members of staff in their place of work.Many hours of productivity are lost from month to month because of simple misunderstandings and communication breakdowns.Poor communication also result in staff feeling undervalued and not trusted. Examining how well organizations performed on communication, we found that so often their is a large gap between the staff's expectations and perceptions of manager's performance on communication.In spite of exstensive use of communication mediums such as email, newsletters and intranet these forms of communication tend to prolifirate one-way communcation and do not really impact on staff's sense of value and trust. It is therefore no surprise that one of the main causes of conflict in the workplace is communication.Listed below are some of the barriers in communication:Reluctance to communicateReluctance to listenUnclear messageWrong medium used for communicationLack of sensitivityPoor environmentCommunication is not directedLack of timeNo checking for understandingLanguage/accent/cultural diferencesNeedless to say - there is a huge need in the place of work for people who can communicate.Goals and strategic plans must be communicated to all employees. There is no doubt that effective communication unifies the employees and their work to the comprehensive objectives, purpose and direction of the organization. Through effective communication, you raise your organization's levels of energy, enthusiasm and productivity.Effective communication is a complex process and demands time and an ongoing effort.Effective communication have the following valuable outcomes:Satisfying relationships with all othersWell-coordinated , goal-directed work activitiesNew creative ideasAgreement on shared…Continue
Welcome to Belinda-lee -Hope you have browsed through the discussions in our group. Please feel free to share with all of us your ideas. The aim of this group - amongst others - is to learn and add value, knowledge and skills which we then can put into practise. In the process we would like to share and engage with the younger members also - therefor this is an invite to all to participate!Regards.Continue
Every individual performs better at certain times of the day. You should utilize these periods when you are able to focus and concentrate more fully during study times for your demanding classes. It may require some experimenting to determine when your best time(s) occur unless you already know when you are able to perform at your best.Start with the difficult subjects at first before the easier or more enjoyable ones.Do not tackle more than one subject at a time in order for you to focus maximumUse time blocks during your studies, divided by short breaks. You won't get tired that easily and your brain will process the information continuously during these breaksGo for a walk in the woods, or for a swim in the swimming pool or skate through the park - withdraw from your studies during a break to keep things in perspectiveChoose your study area and always utilize it exclusively for studying. The area should be comfortable (not to comfortable, display good lightning and low traffic or other distractions. This environment trains your mind to accomplish what you want with minimal "start up." Remember - your bed is for sleeping!Talking about your bed - you need to eat and sleep properly. To sacrifice your sleep is the easiest of things and you may not feel the crunch until you crash. There will be times that you need to burn the midnight oil, but getting a regular night's sleep on a regular basis will enhance your productivity during waking hours. Remember that your health is important : you need to eat in balance to maintain it properly.Your study time needs to be respected so encourage others to respect it as well. You need to be on your own while studying even if your room- or classmates feel like having a jol. Telephone distractions are included in this. Turn off the phone if need be. Enforcing time for your studies will require tact, resolve and meturity.All work and no play makes the learner a dull person. Students should make time available to experience social…Continue
Dear all -Below are a few ideas regarding our view/attitude towards dealing with those small tasks, with an invitation to share your ideas.The small things/tasks that don't get done - we all have them.More than often we are putting them off because we tend to focus on the big things/tasks that is normal our priority. It's like turning off the tap and not doing it properly : the water keeps on dripping - slowly but surely. At the end of the day you are left with a pool of wasted water and a high water bill.The little things/tasks that we don't attend to starts adding up and then there is a lot more work to do. We intend to do these small-to-do things, but we never get to them, What happens when these small tasks do not take care of themselves?I recenly found myself putting all my energy into a small sideline activity. This project was started shortly before we moved our administrative hub and centralized the location thereof to serve the Western Cape area where we do business more effectively. I was eager to complete the project but to my mind was not really making progress. I became more and more frustated and spend more and more time on this activity.Then one evening while I was burning midnight oil, I realized this distraction is nothing more but a distraction. I was spending valuable and more and more time on this activity that was not essential and important down the road. Neither was it in line with the current direction, objectives and priorities of our business.I had to refresh, step back and find my perspective and reclaim my time again.Listed below are a few small things/tasks that can grow into big ones:The telephone that ring when you are in the middle of somethingThe small unattended thing/task that has now grown into a big oneThe email notifications that constantly interrupts your workThe item that you know needs fixing but you haven't done it yetThe small details that you did not take care of in order for you to work on the big things/tasksVisiting…Continue
The old saying that goes "time is money", or "time stands still for no-one", or "speed up, 'cause there is another job to attend to!" Time Management can be positively applied, or it can have a negative impact. And the end result on the latter could result in poor performance and stress levels with high-blood pressures or heart palpitations which lead to either early retirement or lethargic performance. Continue
I have recently developed a programme based on Dr Philip Zimbardo's book The Time Paradox. A very worthwhile read! He talks about how we view time and the impact that this paradigm has on our lives. The book is based on 30 years of reasearch and he has identified 6 paradigms: Past Positive or Negative, Present Hedonistic or Fatalistic, Future Mundane or Transcendental. In a nut shell we all interepret the present from either one of those perspectives and the most sucessful people are those with a Future mindset which means they understand cause and effect. These are the only people who are able to find value in Time Managment Programmes. They will most likely over use them to become even worse workaholics sacrificing family and health in the process. The least successful people are those who live in the present - they will be unable to apply the principles of Time Management as they live in a place of instant gratification. They are the people who live risky lives and make decisions based on what feels good. I no longer train the traditional time management programmes but rather try to help people find a more balanced view of time and it's impact on their lives. The book includes a test to measure your own profile - it has had a great impact on understanding people and the kind of choices they make. the good news is that these profiles can be changed and Dr Zimbardo gives very practical exercises.Continue
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