Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Beat Time Wasters

I appreciated this article I found on aol. To best use your time figure out when you do your best work. I know I am most productive early…sometimes like really early. My peeps enjoy my 3 a.m. emails.

Get a Life!
Beat Those Time-Wasters at Work

There’s the Monday Blues. Wednesday is hump day. Then TGIF! This cycle we call the workweek shapes our lives. But, what we don’t finish during the week, we carry home with us in the form of stress. How do you stay productive throughout the week while reducing your stress level? How can you leave work on Friday energized for the weekend? Some say time is money. It’s also your life. And time management is key to being in control of your own happiness.

Terrific Tuesdays
On which days of the week are you at your best? Typically, we don’t think much about plain old Tuesday, but, according to an Accountemps survey, Tuesday between 10 A.M. and noon is considered to be the peak of our productivity. Monday was the second most popular day for people feeling at the top of the game. According to Max Messmer, Accountemps chairman and author of Managing your Career for Dummies, “Tuesday serves as a catch-up day after the weekend and many regularly scheduled meetings occur on that day, which may decrease the time available to complete tasks.” Most view Tuesdays as an opportunity to focus their efforts and establish momentum for the week.”

Find Your Rhythm

Are you the first one in the office in the morning? Or does the morning bird annoy you? Do you feel refreshed after lunch, or fall asleep? Learning your own personal “power hours” is essential. Also, be sensitive to how your peak performance times mesh with others’. Whether it’s asking for a raise or sharing your thoughts for increasing your company’s bottom line, timing is everything. Use down times to your advantage. When you’re on slow mode, doing tasks that take less brain-power is a good use of time. Professional athletes know this. No runner can sprint for long periods of time. The longer you work without a break, the less efficient you become. When you’re very tired, you may not even realize it and errors creep into your work. When totally exhausted a nap might be your best strategy. Research shows that a quick 20-minute “power nap” increases productivity.

More tomorrow…

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

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