The 16%

Have you ever had a to-do list at the beginning of the day that you made no progress on by the end of the day?

If I were to ask you why nothing got accomplished, you’d probably say that other issues “suddenly came up”. Maybe it was an unexpected e-mail or an impromptu phone call, but somehow, another task arose that completely redirected your attention.

Everyone has days like that, but the problem lies in how frequently that kind of day occurs in your organization. If it happens too often, you’re spending more time “putting out fires” than completing and staying on top of your duties.

The number one culprit of this imbalance is poor time management, either by yourself or others. And to improve time management skills, you have to know the difference between an emergency and urgency.

Emergency: an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting…

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