The lengthening days are adding extra hours of
sunshine, but are the longer days adding up to productive time? If you
regularly underestimate how long it takes to get tasks done, and find yourself
in stressful time crunches, it may be time to re-set your internal clock.
Assigning accurate time-estimates to tasks is the
building block of time-management. And effective time-management produces
greater efficiencies and relieves stress. So what are you waiting for? Time to
Your Internal Clock
Productivity web site Lifehacker offers
useful suggestions for fine-tuning time management skills in How
to Hone the Accuracy of Your Internal Clock and Better Understand Your Time
Practice time keeping. If you
estimate your morning commute to be 20-minutes but it really clocks in at 35,
you need to set off 15 minutes earlier each day to avoid running late. Keep
time logs of tasks for a week or so for a more accurate gauge of how much time
is truly needed to get things done.
Learn to use small chunks of time. A project
may require ten hours of work, but that doesn't mean you need to sit down for a
10-hour time-block. Break the project into discrete tasks and assign time
estimates. Have 30 minutes but no more? Knock of a 30-minute component such as
phone calls or e-mails. Bit by bit, you'll move the yardstick on the project.
interruptions. The phone rings, urgent emails arrive; the
boss may call you in. Interruptions are an unavoidable part of work. Schedule disruptions
into your time-estimations so you aren't caught short on time.
your prime time. We all have times of the day when our motor
hums a little faster. Try to create an interruption-free zone during this time
and drill down, perhaps on the toughest, most complex challenge.
Keep in mind that one's internal clock can run off the
rails for a variety of reasons. Jet lag, insomnia and even daylight savings
time can disrupt your routine. We've collected a few resources that address
these specific challenges:
Do you have any tips on keeping your inner
time-clock in tip top shape? Share your thoughts here and at the Pendaflex
by Bradley Eggers
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.