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Hi, Is this habit wasting your time?
September 07, 2009

Business Time Management. Is this habit wasting your time? Hi

Volume 68

Hi there to all our loyal and our new members. 189 new members joined in the last month. Welcome to the Time Creation community.
In this edition of your Time Creation Newsletter find out if this habit is wasting your time,
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In this Edition:

  1. Article: Is this habit wasting your time?
  2. Laugh out loud: English - a language for the insane!
  3. The Life-Time Mastery System
  4. Links you should check out: A new time management video.
Is this habit wasting your time?

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Without realizing it I was wasting hours everyday. I had fallen into the habit over the years. Most others were doing the same as I was. But when my coach asked me about saving time it suddenly became clear how much time I was wasting.

This was back in 2002 and I was working in the IT industry. I had just started my coaching program (this time I was the client not the coach) and we were talking about the challenges in my job, one of which was not enough time. The simple question "what could you do to save time at work?" sparked a flurry of thoughts and the BFO (blinding flash of the obvious) about my bad habit that wasted massive amounts of time.

I was starting each day by opening my email - thinking that I would deal with the new emails in my inbox before I got started on my important tasks. In doing this I was making four mistakes at once!

By opening my email as soon as I got to work my time, my day and my week was controlled by email.

Mostly the emails were about issues or problems and they required me to do something to address them. Within a short time I was feeling pressured and anxious. It was still early in the morning and already I was feeling the pressure and stress. Bad move!

My thinking was "check if there are any important emails and deal with the emails I can respond to quickly. Once that's done I can concentrate on the important stuff". BUT I was wasting the most productive time of the day with problems and unimportant things. And often I didn't get to the important stuff until late in the day (if at all). I was making these four mistakes ALL AT ONCE!

  • Doing more work than was necessary
  • Getting myself entangled in messes I shouldn't have
  • Putting myself in an unproductive mood - lacking energy, motivation and focus
  • Worst of all I was spending the most productive hours of my day on unimportant, stress inducing tasks

With the support of my coach I created a new productive habit that I have continued for the last 7 years. I start my day by looking at my weekly plan, not my email. I don't even open email until my first high impact task for the day is complete!

Now I am the coach that helps others with this challenge. Changing this habit saved me a minimum 5 hours a week and 100s of my clients have saved at least that amount of time each week. Most people though do find it very hard to change this habit. They have come to believe that email is a vital, critical communication tool and they need to check it constantly to be sure they haven't missed anything important. I like to challenge that thinking.

If a task is urgent and critical would you as a leader only address it using email?

And even if email was part of the process to address this urgent issue, would email be the most important of the communication tools? I think not!

I suggest it is the easy way out. You don't have to think or be proactive if you just answer the emails that arrive for the day. Perhaps it is really a form of procrastination.

Try this Time Creation routine:

  1. Plan tomorrow before you go home today
  2. First thing in the morning review your plan for the day and confirm your Number 1 high impact, creative task (often work on a new product, article or preparing for a coaching session)
  3. Once these are complete decide if you shall look at your email (I now only look at email twice a day - but that's the subject of another article.)

In doing this I have prepared myself for a productive day and accomplished a HIGH IMPACT, motivating task. I feel energized!

Action Step:

YOU can get the same benefit I did (like an extra hour of productivity a day) from using the routine above. The key is to plan the time (no distractions like phone or email) and complete a task that will give you a sense of achievement. This may be something you enjoy OR something you have been avoiding. It doesn't matter as long as you feel GREAT when it is complete. Here are the steps again.

  1. Plan tomorrow before I go home today
  2. First thing in the morning review your plan for the day and confirm your Number 1 high impact, creative task (often work on a new product, article or preparing for a coaching session)
  3. Once these are complete decide if you shall look at your email.

Related Articles:

Links you should visit

1) Check out my new video on time management tips, myths and a story.

2) Time Management time management videos to inspire you to use your time wisely.

Laugh out Loud
English - a language for the insane!

English - a language for the insane!

  • We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of
  • ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
  • One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of
  • moose should never be meese.
  • If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, And I give you a boot,
  • would a pair be called beet?
  • Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the
  • feminine: she, shis and shim!
  • Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
  • There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
  • Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
  • English muffins weren't invented in England.
  • We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
  • We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
  • And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
  • We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
  • We have noses that run and feet that smell.
  • We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
  • And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
  • While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
  • You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
  • In which your house can burn up as it burns Down
  • in which you fill in a form by filling it out,
  • And, in closing, if Mother is Mom, then shouldn't
  • Father be Fam, And where did Dad come from?

  • Have some fun today :-)

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