We all have our imperfections. More importantly, which of them are eating up our time, killing our creativity, destroying our productivity? In this post I outline the negative personality traits, our time traits, that erode our time. Subsequent posts set out what we can do about them. And we’ll discover how to maximise our time
Time Traits Described
What are these time traits? Of course, there are several different ways of describing them. Here at YourCoachApproach we group the attributes that kill our creativity, destroy our productivity into seven time traits. Which of them do you recognise in yourself?
- Always saying ‘yes’
Everything is urgent. Therefore, it’s all got to be done now! As a result, a firefighter is always rushing around, never has a minute. But if we treat everything like it’s a crisis. Then we don’t reflect, don’t prioritise. More importantly, we never have the opportunity to work out what really needs our attention
Trying to juggle everything at once. Keep all the balls in the air, all the plates spinning. Consequently, a multitasker is forever jumping from task-to-task. And back again. But is it the only way we can ‘get it all done’? In reality, the outcome is usually incomplete work, mistakes, less achieved
Always Saying ‘Yes’
Just don’t know how to say ‘No’. In short, a yes-person will put other people’s priorities ahead of their own. Consequently, they spend all their energy getting things on behalf of others. More importantly, when it comes to their tasks, they’ve run out of time. And energy. Therefore, their tasks just don’t get done
It’ll only take a minute…two hours later. Most of us are optimists. And that makes us prone to underestimate how long things will really take. The knock-on effect is that we are always playing catch-up, miss important deadlines. Moreover, we get stressed by our ever-increasing to-do list
Aspiring to perfection seems like a valuable attribute. This means our clients get our most fabulous results. However, that drive for perfection, chasing the Utopian dream, means missed deadlines, unfinished tasks, unrealistic expectations. After that stress and, eventually, burn out
Seeking the pressure of a deadline to get things done is one thing. However, leaving everything to the last minute is very much another. Even though, pressure can be a motivator, too much becomes stress. After that the negative spiral starts: mistakes, rework, worry. And repeat
By the time you’ve explained it, you may as well have done it yourself. Similarly, if you ask others to something you never quite get what you want. However, this belief means we end up doing every last thing ourselves. Regardless of its importance and priority. Or even how good we are at doing it
Which of these time traits do you recognise in yourself? Fear not, we can beat our natural tendency to exhibit these attributes. During this week we reveal what can be done to overcome firefighting, multitasking, always saying yes and underestimation. Read on, maximise your time
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