Every Project Manager knows the importance of effective time management. People need to run on a schedule and within a structure to achieve maximum efficiency, and efficient people are needed to bring a project to successful completion. As with most things, however, knowing what is needed and being able to pull it off are often two separate things. Even seemingly successful Project Managers may be faced with issues. As they are efficient with managing multiple tasks and teams, their own personal tasks are often rushed or stressed in stark contrast. It is important for business leaders to be able to realise this truth and, more importantly, address possible issues.
Enemies of ProductivityWhile we go to work in order to get things done day after day, it can be a surprise to find out how many things we face on a daily basis that is not conducive to work. We need to see these things for the time wasters they are and put them where they belong. Typically, these things cannot be fully avoided. However, they can be contained and controlled. Some of these things are:
- Telephone Calls
- Interruptions from Other Staff
- Micro-Managing Tasks
- Conflicting Priorities/Distracting Leadership