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5 Time Management Personality Types and Actions to Improve

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5 Time Management Personality Types and Actions to Improve
If you struggle with time management (and who among us doesn't?), you probably fall into one of five common styles. If you can identify your time management "personality," it will make it easier to figure out what changes might help you make better use of your time.

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The Easily Distracted

The Easily Distracted

Getting sidetracked by minor concerns and are never quite able to bring the focus that you need to larger projects.

What to do: Build extra time when planning your projects. Also, physically block out distractions, like by isolating yourself, turning your desk to face the wall rather than the doorway or using noise-canceling headphones to help keep you focused.

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The Under-estimator

The Under-estimator

You routinely fail to complete tasks because you underestimate the time necessary to finish them.

What to do: Assume as a rule that things will take longer than you expect. Start earlier than you think you need to in order to have a buffer for eventualities. Also, investigate how long past assignments took and why, and identify patterns there that can guide future decisions.

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The Fire Fighter

The Fire Fighter

Everything feels like a crisis to you and you spend much of your time putting out fires, leaving you without much time for your biggest priorities.

What to do: Identify your most important goals. List the things you need to accomplish within a given timeframe. Work on other items only if you finish your must-do’s for the timeframe. Also, try setting aside “work blocks” on your calendar to work on your highest priorities, and don’t let yourself schedule over them.

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The "Never Say No" Personality

The "Never Say No" Personality

You often say yes to requests and commit to so much you feel overwhelmed and exhausted.

What to do: Keep track of what you need to do, how much time it will take and don’t accept nonpriority tasks if they are going to conflict with yours.

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The Procrastinator

The Procrastinator

Your professional life is being affected because you often postpone working, find hard to start working or do low-priority work instead of high priority.

What to do: Starting is the hardest part. Divide your work into small tasks and schedule time to tackle at least one of them a day. Setting yourself deadlines may work too.

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The Over-Committer

You say yes to everything and have trouble setting boundaries, or if you a boss, setting boundaries on the behavior of others who report to you. You overwhelm yourself and that leads to difficulties in fulfilling all your commitments.

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The Diva

Very sociable and upbeat but with a tendency to procrastinate, they often boast about their nonexistent achievements giving the impression they are more productive than they really are.

Strategy: breaking tasks into tiny steps, scheduling their resolution and setting reminders works well. Email management according to urgency is also crucial considering how much time it usually consumes. 

The Workhorse

Thoughtful, cautious, methodical and quite independent in terms in carrying out tasks. They plan and prioritize well, but may be seen as overcautious, while others can be frustrated by their inertia. Their dedication to the job can also lead to an unwillingness to share the burden of work.

Strategy: Choose the most important things you need to focus on and those that only you can do, while delegating the rest according to staff skills.