WHAT ROBS YOU OF TIME?
WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT?
Imp = importance in terms of impact, greatest effects; 1 = highest
Pot. = Potential time savings per week, which will vary by person
Minimum time savings, in terms of easy items, is more than 10 hours per week, up to 30 hours per week!
ImpITEM Pot. Comments 1Improper planning 3 - 10 Doing the wrong thing or the lower priority costs hours 1Inadequate planning " 1Lack of self-discipline 2 - 10 Not doing what was planned and necessary is costly! 1Personality conflicts Ignore it and move on, or don't associate with those people 1Unwillingness to say no Results in being overcommitted & many lower value activities 1Involvement with details Delegate, decide which details to exclude if low value 1 Doing something too well 1 - 20 Use The 80% Approach (then decide whether to continue) 1Failure to delegate 1 - 20 Doing something that is not best use of your skills, time. 1 Poor procedure, system 1 - 10 A procedure or system saves time, makes something delegable 2Mistakes of others 1 - 10 Have the other fix it, if you fix it, you'll never catch up! 2Equipment failures Or failure to get the most efficient equipment 2Poor communications Not planning out or thinking out communications ahead of time 2Conflicting priorities 2Meetings 2 -10 2Unrealistic time estimates We overfill our schedules, fail to leave planned margins! 2Lengthy conversations 2 -10 Stick to agenda for calls, time limits 2Shifting priorities 2Bureaucratic red tape 2Indecision 3Interruptions 2 -10 Have at least some "uninterruptable" time blocks 3Unexpected phone calls 2 - 10 Listen to message left, decide whether to pick it up 3Own mistakes 1 - 5 Mistakes happen, education in repeated mistake area saves hrs. 3Low value socializing 3 - 10 We get "sucked" in, without noticing one get no value for self
SAVING TIME IN THE LESS TANGIBLE AREAS
One of the best time savers is simply to stop doing something that has no value or good impact at all.
Check of which you want to work on and improve.
(Huge amount of wasted time in this area!)
__ Stop: Pleasing others, letting others determine your schedule/todos, not being able to say no.
__ Stopping associating with negative or low-value-to-you people
__ Stop an activity when its value drops (such as leaving a party when it starts to drag a bit, cutting get
togethers to only what is of high value, anything that you're losing concentration or productivity in...)
See Keith D. Garrick's ebook on Life Value Productivity for a more full discussion of how to dramatically increase the quality of one's life. Link to it from Books.