February 8, 2012
The Dangers Of ShufflingThis person is not just a cliché man in a sitcom office; is he you? The speed of business demands someone who can spend their time wisely. Because the value of time is a precious commodity which few can afford, losing that valuable time shuffling though you papers, computers, phones, and everything in the office costs more than you have in your time budget.
Shuffling at the deskMost origins of “shuffling” come from the physical environment you’re in. Work arrangements, your desk, your computer setup, and even the very location you work in. Physical setup affects the mental setup significantly, and can either help you, or hinder your time budget. Start with the very organization of your desk. Paperwork still exists. If you have to move your keyboard or mouse in order to write, rethink the layout of items on your desk. Organize your work environment so that you can move from one task to another as smoothly as possible. While good socializing is part of many business trades, the need for some isolation to focus on work is just as important. This is where your work environment comes into play. Many offices place people amongst other people, and not everyone has the same time budget. Set yourself up so that when you need to focus on work, you are isolated until you are done with your task. This means closed doors, thick walls, and your phone off to give your work the attention it needs.
Shuffling in your scheduleThis brings us to the importance of time management. Not only is it important to be able to organize physical environment, you have to organize yourself mentally as well. Having an outline for the day is extremely helpful in keeping you focused on what’s important. Most business people understand the value of an appointment book for meetings and socialization, but set meetings for your tasks as well. Consider what needs to be done, and set an appointment with it. Guard it with the same diligence that you would any meeting. After all, productivity is as important as a meeting isn’t it? .
Interruptions, procrastination, and poor planning are some of the biggest costs to your time budget. Another huge time drainer are unorganized meetings. Be sure your meeting has an agenda before every spending your time on it or risk spending three times that amount.There are various solutions to organizing yourself and your schedule, many of them technologically friendly. Phone apps allow you to filter, schedule calls, and organize your daily life to assist you. Take advantage of what technology has to offer, and use it with focus.