Increase your productivity for the New Year

A study of a thousand business people reported that 89% take work home, 65% work more than one weekend a month and 53% spend less than two hours a week looking after their children. Completed by the American Management Association, the study also revealed that more than 68% of the survey respondents felt at least somewhat more overwhelmed at work than they did two years ago.

Are you looking for more time in your life to do the things you really want? We can't create more time, but by using time more effectively, you can streamline work and responsibilities. Here are some ideas for the New Year:

  • Observe yourself. The first step in time management is to know how you currently spend your time. Log all the hours and what you are doing for one week. You will quickly discover time that is lost with inefficiencies, interruptions, and lack of planning. Be especially wary of the great time waster - - television (and of course, the Internet). Discipline yourself to make better choices.

  • Goto bed. According to the 2005 Sleep in American Poll, approximately half of American workers report that lack of sleep regularly affects their performance on the job and at home. Adults in the U.S. report that they receive, on average, 6.9 hours of sleep each night. The recommended amount is 7.5 to 8.5 hours for a healthy adult. Don't skimp on sleep to get everything done. You may be more productive by sleeping that extra hour