Time Management Research – Statistics & Myths
Breakthrough News From Time Management Research Labs To Help You Find Extra Time In Your Daily Routine
Why do we procrastinate? This is an interesting question that can be answered in a scientific and logical way by time management research. Here are a few reasons thrown up in a study of a large group of subjects who were surveyed as part of a research project:
- The work involved is not exciting or enjoyable.
- No one is sure what the goals and targets are.
- The task is large and forbidding, with too much to do.
- There’s already a backlog of other work, with this extra burden being impossible to schedule.
- Focusing on less important projects because of fear of failure at the important ones.
- Being addicted to the thrill of a last minute rush leads to putting it off.
- Perfectionism is the enemy of getting started until everything is just right.
Amazing and complex data is thrown up from time management research frequently. If often takes a lot of analysis and studies involving a large sample of subjects before meaningful information can be culled from this raw data. But without this research, we wouldn’t be aware of some important trends and changes that can revolutionize productivity in both individuals and organizations.
Internet Usage and Email
Social media is widely recognized as being wasteful and a drain on employee productivity. But it was quite a surprise to discover that 31% of CIOs prohibited social media use at their workplace, and more than half only allowed it for business purposes.
That’s not surprising when you come to think about this startling statistic – the average Web user is exposed to the equivalent of 6 newspapers every day! With the same amount of time as before available to handle this deluge, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose focus on the important work.
Other concerns about using the Web at work include:
- fear of data theft – 75% of senior executives
- losing money – 72% of small business owners found social media unprofitable
- bad feedback from customers and ex-employees
Why People Waste Time Online
Among the leading time wasting activities online, time management research has identified 3 leading causes:
- personal internet use
- online socializing with colleagues
- employees running their own personal business
When the employees were asked why they were spending time on the Internet during work hours, which could have been more productively used to carry out their work, the responses were interesting too.
- 18% claimed they didn’t have enough work to keep them busy
- 14% were unhappy about how long they had to work
- 12% blamed the lack of challenge in their job
At one of the Fortune 100 companies, employees interspersed 15 minute bursts of work involving serious mental activity with periods of browsing social networks or exploring other websites.
Time Management Research For Analysis
Many times, research has helped identify and analyze areas of potential improvement and profitability. For instance, nearly 1 in 10 Americans are addicted to email. Many view their mobile devices as ‘always on’ inbox access instruments, and will check email frequently and respond to it.
Nearly 43% of those surveyed in a research project said they prefer to sleep where they can easily access their email and stay connected with their digital networks. They obsess over being able to check email even while travelling or when on vacation.
Research into how people use their time also leads to some disturbing discoveries. Nearly a third of working adults in the US sleep less than 6 hours each night. A similar proportion (30%) said they were worried about work pressure and didn’t have enough time to tackle all their tasks.
Worker burnout rates averaged 32%, primarily because of trying to cope with the information overload and juggle various activities. Almost 62% of workers didn’t avail all the vacation time they were eligible for.
All this information that time management research throws up reinforces the same principles that Time Management Tao is based upon. You must learn how to:
- Find your center – know WHAT to do
- Understand your order – know HOW to do it
- Pick your timing – know WHO to use & WHEN
When you do – and the Ming Vase Time Management guides will help you – then you begin to become more productive and effective in your work, and personal life. That’s what makes time management research really valuable and worth pursuing, since the benefits can translate into significant change for a sizable chunk of the population.
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