Properly managing your time and therefore your productivity

We live in an age of the where the Type ‘A’ personality is celebrated. Whether it is in the open or kept under close scrutiny of the boss doesn’t matter one iota. The company wants you to be a Type A and absolutely never a B.

Most of us have already known what our type of personality is. Those that are of my age knew that nearly 40 years ago or so. Those of you that are younger found it later on in life.

Being perfectly honest with both ourselves and everyone…there is nothing wrong with either a Type A or B. It really depends on the culture of the corporation you work for and your boss’s personality type that determine if it is good or bad.

I will freely admit that even being blind I am a total Type A. I want things done and I want them done right AND right now. I don’t like giving any quarter or extra time to anyone for any reason. My wife and several friends say that I would have been perfectly at home during the days of WWII…in Japan or Germany.

But for anyone, either A or B, how can you manage your time more efficiently and become more effective and produce more for the company and boss? That is always a question that gets lost in this era of doing more with less, as we have been doing for the past 20 years or so…yes it has been that long that I have seen it.

In the past couple of years, I have read and heard several things and reasons why even those of us that are A’s get backed up and can’t seem to get everything done in an effective and efficient manner. If you can believe it, it really comes down to just three areas.

  • You get overwhelmed

Everyone gets over whelmed from time to time. Stay at home mothers, I give them the utmost respect and would never challenge them because I couldn’t do it…even sighted, to the executive who has to work 16 hours a day to get everything done.

Even A’s don’t have to work like that if they don’t want to. Unfortunately, most A’s are also perfectionist’s which is an added and persistent issue…some call it a pain in the ass.

The only thing you can do to avoid getting over whelmed by the task you’ve set for yourself, or had set for you, is follow Simon & Garfunkel’s advice, which for A’s doesn’t really sit well, “Slow down you move too fast. You got to make the morning last…

In other words take a break and focus on another task for a few minutes that is enjoyable. This gives you a break and allows some of the tension to slip out the door before re-focusing on the big task.

  • Don’t procrastinate

The bane of managers, and customers, everywhere. If you procrastinate then you are only putting off the inevitable failure or crunch of time that will ground you into dust. In either event get it done and you don’t have to worry so much.

I have always, and I do mean literally always, in my working life, been someone who didn’t like to procrastinate. If I had a deadline for Friday and it was Monday, I did my dampest to get it done by Tuesday. Then I could go over it several times to correct anything I missed in the initial run through.

My wife and I have constant disagreements when I keep rushing her to get out the door for an appointment, movie, dinner, or anything else. I like to leave in plenty of time to give us a cushion in case traffic is all nucked up or other issues pop up and delay us. Arriving 15 minutes early is better than 1 minute late.

  • Wrong priorities

This is one that gets everyone at some time and it’s never meant to be intentional. Our priorities wander and meander from time to time depending on what is happening around us. But again keeping focus on the one task or project will usually help you to get it done on time.

We all know that time is compressed in the new age of the 2.4 second news cycle, instant gratification, blogs in tweets, and so on. But if you use these tips above it may enable you to be more productive and spend less time working, and worrying, on them. Which in turn means everyone is a little happier.

Robert D. Sollars assists businesses and their employees to lessen their risk of WPV as well as other security/customer service related issues with time tested and proven ideas. You can follow him on his upcoming new website or twitter@robertsollars2.

                        I May be Blind but my Vision is Crystal Clear

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