The refrigerator door openned. I turned the TV down so I could listen. Bottles rattled. The fridge door closed – Heather came back upstairs to her homework. My daughter had just fallen victim to the third most prevalent time-eater. In business or in homework, your time gets wasted because you think of something that had slipped your mind, so you drop everything and are off to complete it before you forget it again. Or you use any excuse to break from a less than favorite task, and go off to the washroom, coffee room, copier room or refrigerator.
what’s the solution?
There are several things you can do to reduce the amount of time stolen from you by yourself. Firstly, remember two principles governing time. The Principle of Consolidation states that you get more done if you group like activities and execute them all in one time frame. The reason behind this logic is that the preparation time period occurs once for all the tasks, and your mind gets set once for all the tasks. When you intersperse activities, you are winding up and winding down, reducing your concentration and not functioning at peak mental effectiveness. And so it takes longer to complete each task.
The other law that affects your time is one you’ve heard for years, “A stitch in times saves nine” . In other words, if you spend more time in preparation before actually beginning to work on a job, you will be able to work right through and complete it. The total time for the getting ready and the doing will be less than the time you would spend if you just started right in perfoming the task. If you clear your work area, before beginning an activity, you won’t be distracted by some paperwork your eyes fall on as you’re on your priority task. So if you want a drink while you work or need to get some supplies or reference material, do so before you actually begin working. Once you do start, use conscious self-discipline to stick to it until it’s finished. Don’t have your time stolen by interrupting yourself. …. ….
from Drake Business Review
Mande pra mim sua interpretação do texto, comente as partes mais difíceis de entendimento e em seguida lhe dou um retorno sobre suas observações:
1. o que são os time-eaters mencionados no texto?
2. Quais seriam as soluções apontadas para conter os time-eaters?