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Entries from October 2006

Planning for the Long Term

October 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

Setting goals…building for the future…having a plan… managing your time to accomplish it all… These are current key phrases that struck home when I visited Savannah for the first time last weekend after working in Atlanta. Billed as the “Most Beautiful City in the Americas,” I think the town earns this. There are plazas every […]

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Tags: Planning · Stress Management · Time Management · Work Life Balance

Stress Around the World

October 24th, 2006 · No Comments

While we in the United States recognize that we are hyper-busy and multitasking all the time in our business lives, it is interesting to note that other countries have reported high increases in stress levels during the last year. Responses from small- and medium-sized businesses in other nations indicate that they are coping with the […]

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Tags: Stress Management · Work Life Balance

Computer Crashes Destroy Time Management Schedules

October 23rd, 2006 · 1 Comment

Few people equate time management skills with computer maintenance. After all, backing up is one more chore on the daily list of things you struggle to get done. It is easy to overlook this and focus on the crisis of the day. However consider some of the statistics assembled by Computer Moms (www.computermoms.com): 96% of […]

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Tags: Computer Productivity · Time Management

Take Back Your Time Day

October 20th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Next week we observe National Take Back Your Time Day (Oct. 24). This date, nine weeks before the end of the year, recognizes the additional nine weeks that researchers say Americans are working in comparison with Western Europeans. While we can counter that we may be more productive because of the extra hours worked, it […]

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Tags: Changing Times · Time Management · Work Hours · Work Life Balance

Email Overload and Spam Secretaries

October 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Everyone struggles with the issue of spam. Fortunately spam filters have improved greatly, helping to limit the volume in individual email inboxes. In my own case, spam messages are blocked at two levels, one where the server keeps it from even accessing my email program and the other where Outlook sends it to junk mail […]

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Tags: Email Management · Office Productivity

Modern Life Syndrome

October 16th, 2006 · No Comments

Pay attention…focus…concentrate…prioritize…Easy to say but hard to do when so much is vying for your attention. What strategies can help you master these basic concepts? You are bombarded with so much information today that you can lose the ability to find time to think. Everything is being thought out for you. Companies want to hand […]

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Tags: Changing Times · Multitasking · Work Life Balance

Inadequate? Even with Good Time Management Skills?

October 9th, 2006 · No Comments

The “Inadequacy Syndrome” as defined by Abby Marks Beale (Rev It Up Reading), is a characteristic of our present-day society. It results when you start feeling there is something wrong with you and your time management skills because you didn’t watch the talked-about show (out of how many channels available?), or didn’t read the latest […]

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Tags: Changing Times · Work Life Balance

Too Busy for a Vacation?

October 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

In this month’s featured article on vacations, I published the following research, which is also included in our statistics page: 30% of employees do not take all of their vacation days. Americans hand $421 million back to employers. The article discusses some of the reasons why you may be reluctant to take a vacation and […]

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Tags: Changing Times · Work Life Balance

Multitasking: An Ineffective Time Management Tool

October 1st, 2006 · 3 Comments

Multitasking: Everyone does this to some extent. Some people attempt to do more things at once than others, but it is almost a requirement now to be able to work. I recently heard of a job posting that listed “multitasking abilities” as one of the prerequisites for the job. Yet, in counterpoint, research shows that […]

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Tags: Multitasking · Time Management