Reduce Waste …. of Time

Recent campaigns are (hopefully) helping us become more aware of the world we live in and the environment around us in order to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. But have we ever thought of what we could manage to achieve if we reduce the time we waste on a day-to-day basis?

The scenarios are infinite so I am just going to focus on time management at work, starting from Meetings. We might have come across the phrase “Meetings are there to take minutes and waste hours” and unfortunately, unproductive meetings are a reality at work. Don’t get me wrong – face-time is important and, in a world which is becoming digitally-driven, direct contact with clients or employees will certainly help to strengthen those relationships. But too many meetings can be draining and some petty issues can be easily sorted via e-mail or a quick phone call.

Another important issue is multi-tasking which is usually perceived as the ability to do multiple things at once. However, at times we need to be careful not to end up switching between multiple tasks.  I prefer effective prioritisation of tasks over multi-tasking, particularly since certain tasks cannot be done concurrently, especially when using the same brain processing part. The ideal compromise is to always prioritise on productivity.

Flexi-work can also help productivity at work. It is a known fact that not everyone is productive at the same time – some of us are early birds while others are night owls. The 8 to 5 work-day mentality is not only old but is quickly becoming obsolete. Technology is helping a lot in this and aside from noticing less rigid working hours, even the office location is becoming more flexible. Nowadays, owning a smart phone or tablet helps you stay connected anytime, anywhere. Remote work can be useful for time management since it helps motivate employees more by letting them work in their own environment, thus increasing the employee’s efficiency and indirectly helps to lower commuting stress as well as reduce office distractions.

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