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8 Personality Traits That Are Eroding Your Time Management Skills

Craig Jarrow

“By saying no, you are giving yourself the ability and bandwidth to say yes to the things that are more important.”

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8 Personality Traits That Are Eroding Your Time Management Skills

8 Personality Traits That Are Eroding Your Time Management Skills

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/8-personality-traits-that-are-eroding-your-time-management-skills/

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Goals provide structure to your work

 ... by giving you a prioritized list of things to get done.

They help you to identify your priorities, outline what you want to achieve when you want to achieve it by and the importance of the task. 

Goals are an essential way to reduce your workload. Not only do you become clearer about what you want; you become more certain about the tasks and projects which are not a good use of your time.

Craig Jarrow

Craig Jarrow

“By saying no, you are giving yourself the ability and bandwidth to say yes to the things that are more important.”

Matt Mayberry

Matt Mayberry

“If you often find yourself run down by your daily workload or overwhelmed by the complexity of projects and tasks in your life, it is likely because you have not fully mastered effective time management.”

What Erodes Your Time Management Skills

  1. Always saying “Yes” to requests, leads to an excess of work to manage and consequentially decreased focus. 
  2. Lack of organization wastes mental energy with fending off mental fatigue, stress, and anxiety. 
  3. Not taking breaks leads you to burn out, which brings down your interest and productivity
  4. Having bad punctuality leads to rushes to finish work and prevents you from effectively managing your time.
  5. Poorly defined goals leave your work without structure and prevent you from building a prioritized list of things to get done.
  6. Not having a to-do list, or having one that lacks specific times and actions, makes it hard for you to structure your day.
  7. Adopting perfectionist thinking leads to loss of control of your time as you focus too much on a single task and ignore others. 
  8. Distractions make it hard to keep an effective workflow.

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Failing to Keep a To-Do List

The trick with using To-Do Lists effectively lies in prioritizing the tasks on your list. Many people use an A – F coding system (A for high priority items, F for very low priorities). 

Not Setting Personal Goals

Goals give you a destination and a vision to work toward. When you know where you want to go, you can manage your priorities, time, and resources to get there. Goals also help you decide what's worth spending your time on, and what's just a distraction.

Not Prioritizing

It's essential to learn how to prioritize tasks effectively if you want to manage your time better.

Determine if a task is high-yield and high-priority, or low-value, "fill in" work. You'll manage your time much better during the day if you know the difference.

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Time Management And Personality

In order for any time-management method to be successful, you have to take into account people’s individual behaviors at work. There is no one-size-fits-all method for time management.

The Action Hero

Give them a seemingly impossible list of tasks and they will have them done and dusted faster than a speeding bullet. But in their haste, they can miss things and prioritize nonurgent tasks.

Strategy: For this type, ranking tasks according to urgency is a good call. 

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. 

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There isn’t enough time

Complaining that you don’t have enough time is not getting to the root problem. It may be that you’re lousy at time management. Admit to yourself that there is enough time -- you just don’t know how t...

A one size fits all solution

Instead of relying on a tool with all the bells and whistles, find out where you’re struggling and what’s essential for you. 

For example, if scheduling is taking you away from product development, then you could use a scheduling tool that uses machine learning to automate most of your scheduling needs. If you’re wasting too much time on email, then consider using a tool to help tame your inbox.

Less anxiety

Time management is only useful when you’re aware of your limitations and don't let the system dictate your entire life. 

In other words, when you don’t tread lightly (especially at first), time management can add more stress to your life.

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