Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time is our Constant Companion

Time is our Constant Companion

There is no right or wrong way to use our time, but many of us are curious as to how we compare with others. So we have gathered together what we believe to be interesting glimpses into time's uses.

More Time = More Options

Top Time Wasters

· Nothing

· Paperwork / administrative tasks

· Interruptions by phone or in person

· Time management

· No focus / doing too many things

· Procrastination

· Poor planning

· Socializing / breaks / calls to friends

· Customer complaints

· Lack of knowledge / training

· Facebook / e-mail / texting / social media

Things we hate most during meetings

· People drifting off subject

· Participants lack of preparation

· Questionable effectiveness

· People not listening

· People's wordiness

· Length of time taken

· People not participating

· Emotional outbursts

· Cell phone ringing, talking on cell phone

· Texting or playing games on phone

Which days are we most productive

Tuesday 51%

Monday 17%

Wednesday 15%

Don't Know 11%

Thursday 5%

Friday 1%

What are our favorite pastimes?

· Reading 29%

· TV Watching 19%

· Family Time 12%

· All Other 6%


Write it down / list

Only touch it once


Build a routine

Declutter all areas of your life

Modern life can leave many of us to feel desperate for a little help. And as more people are getting busier, employers and individuals are hiring Counterparts to stand in DMV lines, pay bills, deal with dry cleaning, walk the dog, get those tickets and arrange the oil change.

Ask yourself how many hours a week you would have to allocate towards running personal errands? And do these errands interfere with your ability to find new business, be available to your existing customers or spend time with your family? A concierge ultimately pays for itself while completing your to do list.

How to use a Concierge

Plan ahead – As specific items come up, put them on your Counterparts list.

Start small - give us the clear, cut and dry tasks to build your comfort level.

Be specific – Tell us the boundaries and we’ll run with the task.

Be consistent – Having an “errand day” helps you get the tasks off your plate.

Be prepared – Errand delegation will be energizing for you.