How many times have you said “There is just not enough hours in a day” this week alone? If you’re like me, quite a bit. There has been much discussion recently about LSU head coach Les Miles and his ability to manage time well.
The following are quotes about Les Miles from ESPN’s Gameday and additional facts about time management in general. I hope they help you.
LSU and head coach Les Miles
- “The responsibility of managing the back-end of the game is mine.” – Les Miles. Leaders, managing time is YOUR responsibility.
- All of us exist under a deadline.
- All games (and work days) come down to clock management.
- Time management is the core of anyone’s success.
- “Les Miles is 57-15. They find a way to win.” – Chris Fowler
- “Have you ever seen a head coach win 80% of his games, win a SEC Championship, and a national championship be under so much scrutiny?” – Kirk Herbstreit
- “He wins because of defense.” – Lee Corso
The following are additional facts about time management from www.balancetime.com.
- The average working person spends less than 2 minutes per day in meaningful communication with their spouse or “significant other”.
- The average working person spends less than 30 seconds a day in meaningful communication with their children.
- 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”.
- The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day.
- Taking 5 minutes per day, 5 days per week to improve one’s job will create 1,200 little improvements to a job over a 5 year period.
- The average worker spends 35 minutes per day commuting.
- Good time managers do not allocate their time to those who “demand” it, but rather, to those who “deserve” it. Leaders, who receives your time?
- The most powerful word in our Time Management vocabulary is “no”.
- It almost always takes twice as long to complete a task as what we originally thought it would take.
- 1 hour of planning will save 10 hours of doing.
- 78% of workers in America wish they had more time to “smell the roses”.
- 49% of workers in America complain that they are on a treadmill.
- By taking 1 hour per day for independent study, 7 hours per week, 365 hours in a year, one can learn at the rate of a full-time student. In 3-5 years, the average person can become an expert in the topic of their choice, by spending only one hour per day.
Leaders, have these facts made you think about making changes in the area of time management? Let us know.
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