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More and more we learn that people who enjoy their work are more successful! Well heyho! Here is your opportunity to share with me the things that make work valuable for you and the things that don't! If you were to step outside your organisation and take a birds eye view of the things that happen on a daily/weekly/monthly basis what would it look like?

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 Time Management is an Emotional Issue

How one senior executive lost 27 days a year over things that ‘niggle’!


Working with a senior director in a large service organisation we asked her to list the tasks she became involved in during the course of a day, week and month.  Whilst doing so we noticed a brief change in demeanour when she wrote down a particular task.  When asked what the change meant she simply said ‘I don’t enjoy this because I can never get the information I need from the accounts department – but it’s only a slight niggle – its no big deal’. Further delving revealed that this ‘slight niggle’ caused her to lose 1.5 hours 4 times a month in procrastination, anxiety and frustration. That’s 6 hours a month every month for a year or 72 hours just on one niggle.  So what if she had 3 such niggles?  That’s 216 hours a year or 27 days – more than a month spent in procrastination, anxiety and frustration.


The issue wasn’t with the accounts department it was with the way she was thinking about the task – such was her frustration she hadn’t visited the accounts department for over 9 months and relied on communicating via e-mail and mobile phone. Her relationships with people within the department had soured and consequently they weren’t giving priority to her requests. 


With a simple reframing exercise we were able to help her change the way she was thinking about the task and to evolve a fresh approach involving taking time to rebuild those vital relationships. 


If you were to take a look at the time consuming activities in your world what would they be?  Does everything you and your team do have a clear purpose behind it?  How could you improve the efficiencies in relation to meetings, information dissemination, creating a progressive, creative environment, engaging your workforce, developing and stretching people?


Remember for maximum productivity work should be enjoyable!