It’s Monday morning and Jeff just arrived at the office. He knows he has a busy week ahead and has all good intentions of focusing and getting through his huge list of “to do’s”. First things first – coffee and this is where it starts. Brian is also at the coffee centre. Brian is a great guy but loves to chat and tell everyone about the goings and comings in his life. Sometimes it seems he can ramble on forever. Twenty minutes later Jeff finally heads to his desk to get started. To avoid losing those twenty minutes he needs to learn how to say “no” with respect. (That tip is coming up in a future blog – watch for it!)
Jeff powers up his system and of course the first thing is to check his email. It’s Monday morning so inevitably there will be extra email simply from some of the subscriptions and automatic emails that come on the weekend. It’s not too bad today though. He only has 57 new emails. He glances quickly through the subject lines and decides to start at the most recent. The first few are nothing – delete! Hmmm, email seven has an interesting link to a news article from Canadian Underwriter about a court case, he’s been following. Click – and it’s through to the results. Jeff reads through it with interest and near the end there is an opportunity to download the full pdf version. Hmmm. Might as well order that so he completes the registration form and downloads it. By the time Jeff has finished “reading his email” nearly an hour has passed and he has been to seven other sites, including Linked In just to see what’s going on. Buried in the email were only 4 requests that actually had anything to do with client service.
Just as Jeff thinks he’s ready to dive into his work, Janine stops by to share her exciting news. She got engaged over the weekend. Another 15 minutes to hear all about the proposal and see the ring. It’s now after 10:00 and it will be time for a “smoke break” in about 15 minutes!
And on it goes through the rest of the day!
Does this sound familiar? Do you get attracted by the “Shiny Thing Syndrome”? Are you controlling your time or are you following other people’s agendas? Remember time management isn’t about controlling time; it’s about what you do with your time!
We are not advocating that we don’t interact with our co-workers, follow-up on certain technical and industry news items; effectively be in a vacuum. What we are advocating is for YOU to control your time!