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Entries from June 2007

Time Management and the Shopping Experience

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments

It seems that the big box stores are becoming more aware of time management issues for their customers. Up till now, the goal seemed to be to create ever larger stores with more merchandise at lower costs. The problem that developed was that the stores have become so large that it takes longer to shop, […]

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Tags: Changing Times

Backing Up to Save Time

June 25th, 2007 · No Comments

The Blackberry outage that occurred last month reminded many people of how much their lives depend on a smoothly functioning electronic world. When 61 million subscribers, used to instant communications, suffered a blackout, two things resulted: Initial panic or, at a minimum, frustration A backlog of mail, slowing productivity the next day While that shutdown […]

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Tags: Productive Technology · Time Management

Organizing Your Estate–Paper Files or Electronic Files?

June 21st, 2007 · No Comments

As we continue to make the switch from paper to electronic files, we have to consider occasions where electronic listings have limitations. One of those areas is in leaving details for heirs. With the profusion of online banking and investment services, it can be difficult for heirs to know where to look for assets. Ideally […]

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Tags: Changing Times

Is the 'Absent Presence' an Effective Time Management Tool?

June 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

We have all been guilty of it at some point: talking to one person on the phone while allowing ourselves to be distracted by email or web surfing at the same time. We think no one will notice as we respond with, “Uh huh…sure…right…OK..um…” Multitasking studies have shown us that doing two things at one […]

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Tags: Multitasking · Team Productivity · Time Management

Share More and Limit Interruptions

June 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Have you ever heard a colleague repeat a weekend tale or recount a vacation experience again and again to different staff members? You have probably done the same thing yourself as several people pass by at intervals and ask how your weekend was. All of these recountings constitute office distractions, whether you are doing the […]

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Tags: Changing Times

Work Life Balance: Can Legislation Help?

June 12th, 2007 · No Comments

If work life balance is one of the issues you struggle with, you might want to do some research on the Family and Workplace Balancing Act, H.R. 2392. The House Education and Labor Committee Workforce Protection subcommittee has set a tentative hearing date of June 13 to discuss the issue of balancing work and family […]

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Tags: Changing Times

Finding Time: Outsourcing Your Personal Tasks

June 11th, 2007 · No Comments

The concept of outsourcing overseas certainly is not a new idea, but it normally refers to the business world where jobs are sent overseas. Businesses now outsource more than $20 billion. As we struggle to find that elusive work life balance amid all of the daily tasks we face, outsourcing is becoming an increasingly popular […]

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Tags: Time Management

Time Management and Telephone Calls

June 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Dealing with interruptions is a constant struggle when you are attempting to get more accomplished with effective time management techniques.There are two factors to consider in attempting to cope: Completely eliminate the interruption Control or shorten the length of the distraction In my posting on the Top Ten Distractions in the Office, dealing with telephone […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Time Management