Almost half of 2018 has gone by, and it is a good time to take stock of your accomplishments for the year and your progress toward your annual goals. If you are not satisfied with your progress, it is perhaps because you have been sidetracked by too many distractions and time wasters. Lets identify some of the more common activities that detract from your ability to focus on your most important objectives. (You may also review my column in the March 2016 issue of LubesnGreases, where I discussed some ideas for improving productivity related to email management, training, document complexity and length, new initiatives and checking up.)
Travel and meetings are a major area of distraction and time consumption. There is the arranging of the meeting, the development of agendas, assembly of materials, time spent at the meeting, and travel to and from the venue. Multiply all of this by the number of attendees, and you have taken up a lot of organizational time! Of course meetings are often important and can propel you and your team forward on critical projects. Just be sure you keep the number of meetings and attendees limited to what is absolutely necessary.