24 hours. We all have the same amount of time available to us each day—and it’s valuable time. Once it has passed, it’s gone forever.
I read some interesting time management statistics (as they relate to work) this week:
- Each day a typical office employee checks email 50 times and uses instant messaging 77 times.
- Researchers found productivity dropped as much as 40% when subjects tried to do two or more things at once.
- Employees do their hardest work between 9 AM and 12 PM. After that, productivity tends to drop.
- 10-12 minutes invested in planning your day will save at least 2 hours of wasted time and effort throughout the day
- In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%.
Don't be busy. Be productive.
I think it’s obvious that most of us would say that time management is a big deal. And not only so we can be more productive at work—good time management will also enable you to have more personal time to focus on activities that you value outside of work as well.
I bring all of this up because today, we’re launching Season 2 of our podcast, Another Way. In this episode, we sat down with Joshua MacLeod. He’s a business consultant, a nonprofit leader, and the father of eight kids. Yes, eight. :)
We talked all about healthy practices of time management (he, of all people, had to learn to master this) and the importance of proactive “pruning” in order to make time for the things that are most important for you each day.
While balancing your nonprofit, ministry or organization, what are the things that you’re doing that are taking precious time and resources away from the things that really matter? How do you know what to stop doing? Isn’t it all good?
Being busy with the wrong things can cost you more than just time. Listen in on how he methodically chooses which pieces of his life deserve his focus and ultimately lead to a more impactful nonprofit, a more successful business and a happier family life.