In a press release today, NTL:Telewest report that, on average, UK office workers waste more than 2 hours a day. Presumably this excludes pursuing futile bids and sales calls from water fountain companies :) 38 minutes was allocated to communication technologies not being used to good effect. This is something we're trying to manage sensitively in our office- especially email. You need to remember that each email distracts the recipient for a minute or two, so does that warrant sending the email- or should the subject be modified to indicate how it might be handled?
Several of us have been so impressed with "Getting Things Done" by David Allen, that we're rolling it out as compulsory reading around the office and even had a presentation by a particular long term advocate. I've started to embed the processes into my working life and am finding I'm much more productive and much more able to leave work behind (consciously and subconsciously) on an evening or weekend. I trust the systems I've put in place. Much more to do though.
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