One of the biggest challenges many of us face is the difficulty of managing individual priorities when working with other team members. In past articles, the Quantum Learning team has shared effective strategies for both leaders and team members on time management and avoiding a constant state of Crisis. Since we’ve shared tips on how to manage time properly, we thought we would also share a list of indicators or habits that may raise some red flags. Here are our 5 Habits of Highly Unproductive People:
Let’s face it; our business world is a busy, fast-moving and noisy place where information is coming at us at an alarming rate all day long. As business professionals, we are constantly receiving a steady flow of emails, text messages, phone calls and voice mails. This incoming information can take the form of client leads, new product ideas, customer complaints and even in-house needs like staff management. Sometimes it’s enough to make our heads spin and our eyes cross.
We’re all faced with too much to do these days. But one person’s challenge may not be someone else’s. In order to really maximize the use of your time, you need to have a good understanding about what YOUR unique time management challenges are.
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You've spent countless hours in meetings. When they are run well you know you have accomplished something meaningful. When they are not run well, they are a huge waste of time. Below please find a few quick tips that can help you make your next meeting a better one.
My husband's cousin, Pamela, recently sent us a quote about the passing of time that really touched me. Our beloved "Aunt Theresa" just recently passed away. We always knew her to be the wonderfully wise matriarch of the family. Her words of wisdom to always do your best have left a legacy that lives on in each of us.
Do you ever feel like you are spinning your wheels each day? Have you ever wondered if how you spend your time is similar to how other people spend theirs? The American Time Use Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that after work and sleep, there's really not much time left for anything else by the average working American. This is how the average working person spends their time on a daily basis:
We all want to keep up. With today's current unemployment rate, you especially want to hold onto your job. However, when so many companies are downsizing, those employees who remain are left to pick up the slack of the ones that are gone. This adds additional stress because the workload consistently gets heavier. All of this can take a very real toll on your self-esteem. You may not have recognized it. You may not have spoken about it. But it can be very real nonetheless. See if you identify with any of the symptoms below:
Have you ever wished your team could all be moving in the same direction? Could a lack of focus and alignment be preventing your team from accomplishing your most important priorities?