In this ever more connected world, there is never really a time when we get way from our responsibilities. And the holiday season only makes it worst.
To combat this highly effective people use tools and strategies to manage their time. While time management is a very good thing, there are situations where people tend to take the whole idea of using time wisely to the extreme. When this happens, the essential goal of managing your time gets lost in all the busy-ness and drive to cram too much into too little time. As a result, the process of time management ceases to be a help and becomes a severe hindrance instead.
Here are the early warning signs that you are beginning to abuse time management rather than use it to best advantage:
Do You Multitask All The Time?
In today’s world, it is not unusual for people to handle more than one task at a time. This is perfectly all right, as long as the tasks in question can be conducted concurrently without causing a great deal of stress. For example, it is possible to participate on a conference call while also sending instant messages to the moderator of the conference. The two activities actually work together without any real difficulty. (However only when it is relevant to the call, not gossip… you know who you are)
However, many people attempt to conduct two or more labor-intensive tasks at the same time. This can lead to a great deal of inner conflict and possibly have a negative impact on the quality applied to all the tasks involved. (Hitting “reply all” when you meant for a private response for example). In other words, instead of ending up with one task done well, you have two tasks that may be completed but are barely acceptable.
Some people find themselves unable to stop multitasking even when it is not necessary. The idea behind this approach is that the multitasking will make it easier to finish all the action items currently on the agenda and enjoy some well-earned downtime. Unfortunately, people who have become obsessed with multitasking in order to manage their time never get around to having any downtime. Instead, they finish one set