For most of my years in travel, I’ve conducted annual training needs analysis’, asking the people within the business what training they felt they needed. The top of the list was always time or stress management; they tended to switch places each year but were always the top two. For all of us who work in travel, it’ll be no surprise. and yet when it comes to time management, I found the first exercise of the course usually identified that for many it wasn’t a time management issue, but more a waste of time problem.
Just eat the frog
Mark Twain once said, ‘if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you.’ So many of us procrastinate over the jobs we don’t like doing. Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks, it’s the self-imposed tactic that prevents you from following through on what you set out to do. Not a time management issue, but instead you put it off and, in some instances, do something that’s a waste of time as you try to distract yourself from the guilt you feel at putting off the task.
Recent studies found the following waste of time practices in the workplace:
- Businesses lose 40% of work time to non-work-related internet surfing (mainly social media)
- 70% of employees check personal emails at work. A large number always have their personal email open in a tab
- 70% of internet porn traffic occurs during the 9-5 work day
- On average, 40 minutes per day are spent on non-work-related instant messaging
- More than 50% of American employees confess to shopping online while at work
Some other time wasters are:
- Attending meetings that tend to digress from the key objective
- Distracting co-workers/noisy workplace
- Making small talk with customers or colleagues that ends in long talk
- Moaning about a customer or a colleague
Our time management course helps to separate the time-wasting problem from the time management training need, enabling you to identify if you need to be more disciplined and stop wasting time, or if you can use one of the many tried and tested, successful techniques and tools that will help you ‘get the job done’.
Ultimately, poor time management and timewasting leads to stress. This is most likely one of the reasons these two training needs are so intricately linked.
Our stress management course is free; complete both courses and watch your productivity rise and stress fall.
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