Time Management Mistakes You Know You're Making!

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Time man­age­ment. We've all heard the advice on how to bet­ter man­age our days and tasks at work. Pri­or­i­tize. Make lists. Don't multi-task. Do multi-task. Assign tasks on your cal­en­dar. Set dead­lines even when there are none. Blah blah blah. Noth­ing new, amirite?

I didn't want to bore you with a pep talk about find­ing the unique sys­tem that works for YOU. I do want to bore you with tips you might not have thought about before because you time-managed your­self right out of time to think. But seri­ous­ly, some things Maja Mrsic brought up in her blog post for Open­View shined the light on a few mis­takes I've been mak­ing. And if you're hon­est with your­self, you know you're mak­ing them too.

Failing to manage numerous distractions

"While a vari­ety of com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels and social media plat­forms allow us to com­mu­ni­cate more eas­i­ly, they are also the main cause of dis­trac­tion we expe­ri­ence both in life and busi­ness," Mrsic wrote.

I don't know about you, but the IM appli­ca­tion my office uses is more like a black, swirling, mag­net­ic vor­tex of dis­trac­tion. I get sucked in time and time again all day long. Now I see how much that is cost­ing me in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. So, instead of com­ing to work wear­ing a magnet-repelling hel­met, I'm going to devote an hour each day to DND. Yup, I'm dial­ing down that demon of dis­trac­tion with the pow­er of my snooze but­ton. You can too. Deuces.

"Whether it’s the phone that keeps ring­ing or noti­fi­ca­tions that you keep get­ting from either chat or social media groups, they inter­rupt our work­flow and break our cre­ative process," Mrsic said. "Turn off all the noti­fi­ca­tions and chat, sched­ule time free from inter­rup­tions, an hour or two, and min­i­mize the time you spend on things that don’t have much impact on your work."

Skipping on breaks

Say what?

My per­fect­ly sched­uled Out­look cal­en­dar day does not have time for these breaks you speak of, Maja!

"This may sound counter pro­duc­tive but it’s real­ly impor­tant to incor­po­rate into your dai­ly rou­tine to see the results in the long run," Mrsic point­ed out. Yes, Maja, tak­ing breaks sounds EXACTLY like counter pro­duc­tive. But just when I am about to write her off, she backs up her claim with research. (Love her!)

"No mat­ter whether you are work­ing on urgent tasks or com­plet­ing some minor errands, set­ting some time aside to have a break is sim­ply an imper­a­tive. Accord­ing to a study con­duct­ed by Draugiem Group, our brains sim­ply weren’t built to focus for eight full hours. The only rea­son­able solu­tion is to step away and do some­thing not relat­ed to your job – eat, go for a quick walk, exer­cise, or sim­ply do noth­ing and relax. This should help you clear your thoughts and gain more psy­cho­log­i­cal ener­gy for the work to come."

I don't need to be told twice to eat a snack, so win­ner win­ner chick­en din­ner on that sug­ges­tion! Now, how will YOU stop mak­ing this mis­take and start tak­ing a break?

Courtney Huckabay
Court­ney is the Edi­tor for Sales­Fu­el Today. She ana­lyzes sec­ondary cus­tomer research and our pri­ma­ry Audi­enceS­CAN research. Court­ney is a grad­u­ate of Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty.