Stop Pulling Out Your Hair – Communicate Clearly to Manage Your Time Productively!

I have read hundreds of articles on time management, and have written a decent number of them. Just this morning, as I was preparing for my radio show on the same subject, I was making notes of a few things that impact my own management of time, and realized there was one factor rarely discussed when it comes to one being effective, productive and successful with the same number of hours in the day we each have.

What is that? Communication!

The average person gets 1 interruption every 8 minutes, or approximately 7 an hour, or 50-60 per day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes, totaling about 4 hours or 50% of the average workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically rated as “little value” or “no value” creating approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day.

Time Management Facts and Figures By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

Do a google search on ‘top time management tips’ and you will find 10, 20, even 30 tips, provided by some very smart people. Yet, none of them note the impact of our daily communications to our ability to manage our time effectively.

Using a day in the life approach, let me illustrate some examples and decide if you can relate:

– You lay out your daily goals and to do’s, yet overlook sharing them with family, friends, teammates, boss, etc. or blocking time for them on your calendar.

– You have a packed day of phone calls and meetings, yet you fail to understand or communicate the purpose, talking points or time block of the call; choosing instead to wing it, or hope for the best.

– Your boss throws a new stack of work on your desk. Your body lurches up in revolt, yet you smile and say ‘sure, I can do it’.

– You quickly mention your delay in getting home, but you don’t hear (or pay attention) to your mate’s response that he/she too must work late and is unable to pick up the kids, get dinner ready, or even pick you up.

Despite all of your efforts to plan, prioritize, delegate, and even execute your day; the lack of or misunderstood communication can affect any attempt of managing your time successfully.

LEADERtips for ensuring both your communication and time management efforts complement each other, and don’t sabotage your productivity, effectiveness and achievement:   READ ON


Bernadette Boas is the ball of fire speaker, change management consultant, author, screenwriter, and radio host behind Ball of Fire Consulting, Ball of Fire Inc. (media/publishing), Shedding the Bitch Radio, and her book Shedding the Corporate Bitch, Shifting Bitches to Riches in Life and Business. Buy it now on Amazon.

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