Since it is Monday we will start with a great tune from the Allman Brothers:
Last Sunday mornin’ … the sunshine felt like rain…Week before … they all … seemed the same…With the help of God and true friends … I come to realize…I still had two strong legs … and even wings to fly…And oh I … ain’t-a wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … hurricanes … and faster things…Lord, lord Miss Sally … why … all your cryin’?…Been around here three long days-uh … you lookin’ like you’re dyin’…Just step yourself outside and look up at the stars above…Go on downtown baby … find somebody to love…Meanwhile I … ain’t-a wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … pouring rain … and much faster things…You don’t need no gypsy to tell you why…You can’t let one precious day slip by…But look inside yourself …and if you don’t see what you want…Maybe sometimes then you don’t…But leave your mind alone and just get high … oh, yessuh…Well by and by way after … many years have gone…And all the war freaks die off … leavin’ us alone…We’ll raise our children in the peaceful way we can…It’s up to you and me brother…To try and try again…Well, hear us now … we ain’t wastin’ time no more…’Cause time goes by like … hurricanes…Runnin’ after subway trains…Don’t forget the pouring rain
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More The Allman Brothers
In this fast paced world we live in, the one thing that has not changed is time. We are all trying to do more, but in spite of all the technology and advancements in productivity, we are challenged to maximize our daily impact by many things that are out of our control. I came across a great infographic this weekend about wasting time at work. The culprit turns out to be the technology and productivity tools that were put in place to improve this situation. In an 8 hour day, here are the time sucks for a knowledge worker
- 74 minutes a day trying to contact customers or colleagues
- 67 minutes a day trying to find key information
- 39 minutes a day duplicating communications
- 33 minutes a day attempting to schedule meetings
- 29 minutes a day sifting through unwanted communications
So if we add that up, it comes to a total of 242 minutes a day or approximately 4 hours. So half of the 8 hour work day goes to this stuff. The infographic goes on to talk about how cloud based solutions can improve this situation. We have covered cloud based applications a number of times in previous blogs, but this one is more specific to a unified communications cloud based implementatioon. Here are the findings from the study:
Technology can always help but it is most important for each of us to stay focused on what is most important. Measure what you are doing everyday and eliminate as much “noise”as possible. Focus only on the deliverables that are going to have the biggest impact on the business and on your development. These are the only things that matter. Focus on changing the game and not just playing the game.
The infographic can be found at http://mashable.com/2012/04/13/wasting-time-work/.
Please let me know what works for you so that we can share with our community.
All the best.