Work Smarter: Reduce the Stress of Work Overload
Personal management skills are essential for effective people. Those who use these techniques routinely are the highest achievers in all walks of life, from business to sport to public service. The 80:20 Rule This rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, says that typically 80% of unfocused effort generates only 20% of results. The remaining 80% of results are acheived with only 20% of the effort. In this presentation, you will learn simple time management tips or techniques that can help you optimize your effort to ensure you concentrate as much of your time and energy as possible on the high payoff tasks .
At the end of this presentation, you shall know the following Time Management Tools :
Getting things done – Beating Procrastination
Finding out how you really spend your time: Activity Logs
Small scale planning – Action Plans
Tackling the right task first – Prioritize To Do Lists
Deciding what your personal priorities should be – Personal Goal Setting
Planning to make the best use of your time – Effective Scheduling
In this section, we start off with simple and practical techniques: Beating Procrastination and Activity Logs help you quickly eliminate the most common time wasters. Action Plans and Prioritize To Do Lists help you focus on the most important short term activities. Goal Setting and Scheduling help you gain complete control of the volume of work you do.
What is it? A basic definition of procrastination is putting off the things that you should be doing now. The big difference between success and failure in personal as well as in professional life lies in your ability to recognize procrastination reasons and expressions in their different forms, and to promptly take them under control!!!
Step 1: Recognize the Causes of Procrastination What are the typical reasons why people procrastinate? Here are a few of the most common situations to consider in your anti-procrastination efforts. It could be as simple as: How to Overcome Procrastination
Step 2: Work out WHY You’re Procrastinating How to Overcome Procrastination In the previous slides we discussed in detail the most common causes of procrastination. However, they can often be reduced to TWO MAIN REASONS:
Ask someone else to check on you. Peer pressure works!
Identify the unpleasant consequences of NOT doing the task.
Work out the cost of your time to your employer. You’re not delivering value for money if you’re not doing your tasks.
Step 3: Get Over It! How to Overcome Procrastination If you are putting something off because you just don’t like it or you can’t delegate the work to someone else, you need to find ways of motivating yourself. The following approaches can be helpful here:
Break the project into a set of smaller, more manageable tasks. You might find it helpful to create an action plan.
Start with some quick, small tasks if you can, even if these aren’t the logical first actions. You’ll feel that you are achieving things, and so perhaps the whole project won’t be so overwhelming after all.
Step 3: Get Over It! How to Overcome Procrastination If you’re putting off starting a project because you find it overwhelming, you need to take a different approach. Here are some tips:
you need to spot straight away that you are doing it;
then you need to identify WHY you are procrastinating, and
You need to take appropriate actions to overcome the block
Key Points: How to Overcome Procrastination To have a good chance of conquering procrastination, Part of the solution is to develop a good time management; organizational and personal effectiveness habits. This helps you establish the right priorities, and manage your time in such a way that you make the most of the opportunities open to you.
How long do you spend each day on unimportant things, such as those that really don’t contribute to your success at work?
Do you know how much time you’ve spent reading junk mail; taking to colleagues; making coffee, and eating lunch?
And how often have you thought, “I could achieve so much more if I just had another half hour each day?”
Please refer to the Activity Log that has been provided to you at the start of this presentation. It looks like this Now ask yourself: Time Activity description Duration Value (High, Medium or Low)
Activity logs help you analyze how you really spend your time. The first time you use this log may shock you to see the amount of time that you waste!!! Memory is a very poor guide when it comes to this, as it can be too easy to forget time spent on non-core tasks. Time Activity description Duration Value (High, Medium or Low)
Eliminate jobs that you’re employer shouldn’t be paying you to do. Such can be delegated to someone else in the organization, possible at a lower pay rate.
Schedule your most challenging task for the time of day hen your energy level is at its highest.
Learning from your log: Once you have logged your time for a few days, analyze your daily activity log. You may be alarmed to see the amount of time you spend on doing low value jobs. Your analysis should help you free up extra time in your day by applying one of the following actions to most activities:
You tackle the most important jobs first, and do not waste on trivial tasks.
You do not get stressed by a large number of unimportant jobs.
Prioritized To Do Lists are fundamentally important to efficient work. If you use To Do Lists, you will ensure that: A prioritized To Do List, similar to the one pictured here, has been provided for you. Use it to list all the tasks that you must carry out. Mark the importance of the task next to it, with priority A (very important) to F (unimportant). Now carry out the tasks at the top of the list first. These are the most important, most beneficial tasks to complete. Task Priority (A-F) A = Very Important F = Unimportant
Write goals down : This crystallizes them and gives the more force.
Set performance goals, not outcome goals : You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them.
Set realistic goals : It is important to set goals that you can achieve.
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic:
Block in the essential tasks you must carry to succeed in your ob.
Schedule in high priority urgent tasks and vital house-keeping activities.
Block in appropriate contingency time to handle unpredictable interruptions.
In the time that remains, schedule activities that address your priorities and personal goals.
Key Points By scheduling effectively, you can both reduce stress and maximize your effectiveness. This makes it one of the most important time management skills you can use. Effective scheduling is a five-step process:
The main topics on this training material are based on articles found on the following websites: www.mindtools.com www.time-management-guide.com www.studygs.net This training material has been put together solely for the purpose of providing continuing education for the managers and supervisors of Letstalk.com and not for the infringement of copyright laws. Some of the wordings from the original articles have been slightly altered to reflect the work environment at Letstalk.com. GPC Training and Development