Time Management Defining Stupidity

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Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

No one should be billing themselves as stupid. After all you are operating in a very high-paced world, handling multiple demands on your time, and still producing good work. Yet if you are operating in this mode and are feeling stressed and unproductive because your ToDo list and daily stacks keep growing, then you may be exemplifying that definition.

Are you using the same techniques that you used last year and four years ago to manage your phone calls, your email, and your long-term projects? If you are, chances are that is the reason you are having to cope with stress each day. An increased pace at work along with new technology demands that you have a method for integrating changes.

In my consulting work, as I assess office productivity, I might find that one person is using four or five different systems to manage their daily tasks. That person might have learned of a new system but still kept parts of the older one instead of transitioning everything. The end result is that, with multiple systems, none of them works.

The first thing is to determine which ONE system in each area would produce the most efficient results. The system can be paper-based or electronic-based. Deciding which depends on both your comfort level with electronics and the format of the information that is coming into your work area.

Below are some evaluation questions to use in determining whether or not an area needs to be examined so you can improve daily productivity.

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