Time Robbers

Analyze how you spend your time using the checklist below. If you think the item is a big problem for you, score the item as a "2". If it's a moderate problem for you, give it a "1". If it's not much of a problem for you give it zero. Then total your score. [NOTE: This handout isn't finished--there's more to come....]

  1. Planning: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

  2. Organizing: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

  3. Directing: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

  4. Focus: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

  5. Controlling: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

  6. Communicating: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

  7. Decision-making: [Total score for the items in this category: _______ ]

Now decide which of the following two general categories most of your time robbers fall into:

  1. External time robbers: phone calls; drop-in-visitors; other factors over which you have limited control; or
  2. Internal or self-generated time robbers: lack of self discipline; failure to delegate; cluttered desk; procrastination; or indecision.

What are you going to do differently as a result of this analysis?

 


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