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The Over-Committer

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.

Solution: Understand that work-life balance is essential for your well being. Learn to say no and start doing it. 

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The Fireman

For you, every event is a crisis and there is always one. You have no time to deal with minor issues like time management, and they accumulate.

Solution: Plan your day and start accomplishing your high priorities first.

The Aquarian

You have a borderline avoidant approach to work and your high sociability gets in the way of task management and productivity.

Solution: find ways to motivate yourself, avoid procrastination and don’t forget why you are working at something. 

The Chatty Cathy

You’re very eager to socialize and every interaction with you becomes a long drawn out conversation - especially if there's an unpleasant task dawning that you'd like to put off.

Solution: Plan your day to focus yourself on work and get your daily tasks organized. Remind yourself that work and social are different spheres and that work comes first. (You may have to do this repeatedly throughout the day if you're an extremely social person.) 

The Perfectionist

You have a compulsion to finish tasks to your satisfaction and you feel that no rushed job can be a good job.

Solution: perfectionism can be a good thing but when it comes at the expense of everything else and creates strong anxiety and unhappiness it becomes a problem that needs to be dealt with.

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3 Steps To Better Time Management

Improving your time management can be done in three simple steps.

Review - review how you spend your time now for at least a week. Any more than 5 minutes spent on an activity should be recorded.

Remove - remove or reduce any periods of unproductive time. This may be hours lost scrolling on social media or getting drawn into boxset marathons.

Replace - replace that unproductive time with focused blocks of activity to achieve your goals.

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The Wild Procrastinator

You are indecisive and often deals with things in the nick of time. But procrastination has a physical and social toll as your body and your coworkers get stressed over it.

Solution: Reserve time for work and start in small chunks. After starting, it’s easier to continue. Forcing yourself to start makes use of the Zeigarnik Effect, which states that not finishing a task creates mental tension and the only way to alleviate the anxiety is by completing what you started.

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.