If You Have the Time

by Larry Emmott on July 14, 2009

in Management

from Dr. Donald E. Wetmore of the Productivity Institute

  • The average person uses 13 different methods to  control and manage their time.
  • The average person gets 1 interruption every 8  minutes, or approximately 7 an hour, or 50-60 per  day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes,  totaling about 4 hours or 50% of the average  workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically  rated as “little value” or “no value” creating  approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day. 
  • On an average day, there are 17 million meetings  in America.    
  • 20% of the average workday is spent on “crucial”  and “important” things, while 80% of the average  workday is spent on things that have “little value”  or “no value”.    
  • In the last 20 years, working time has increased  by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%.    
  • A person who works with a “messy” or cluttered  desk spends, on average, 1 1/2 hours per day looking  for things or being distracted by things or  approximately 7 1/2 per workweek. “Out of sight; out  of mind.” When it’s in sight, it’s in mind.    
  • 90% of those who join health and fitness clubs  will stop going within the first 90 days.    
  • “A project tends to expand with the time  allocated for it.” If you give yourself one  thing to do, it will take all day. If you give  yourself two things to do, you get them both done.  If you give yourself a dozen things to do, you may  not get 12 done, but you’ll get 7 or 8 completed.    
  • Delegation is an unlimited method to multiply time for achieving results.    
  • 1 hour of planning will save 10 hours of doing.    
  • The average person today receives more  information on a daily basis, than the average  person received in a lifetime in 1900.    
  • The “20/80 Rule” tells us we will typically  accomplish 80% of our results through 20% of  our effort. The other 20% of additional results  comes from about 80% of additional effort.     
  • “Stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”.    
  • We retain 10% of what we read. We retain 20%  of what we hear. We retain 30% of what we see.  We retain 50% of what we hear and see. We retain  70% of what we say. We retain 90% of what we do.    

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