Are you ready for the new iphone 5? Have you seen all the new apps? Did you catch the recent Fast Company story about the “5 apps to Help You Swing Back into the Productivity Mode?” It seems like there are more and more resources to help us manage our time better – books, articles, blogs and technology. However, the latest stats suggest that we are more crunched for time than ever before. In fact, instead of getting ahead, this data suggests we’re losing the race:
- “62% of at-work e-mail users check work email over the weekend, and 19% check it five or more times in a weekend. More than 50% said they check it on vacation, with the highest amount coming from mobile device users at 78%. Erin Gifford, “It’s 3 a.m.—Are you Checking Email Again?”
- According to a 2012 study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nearly 1/3 of American working adults (about 41 million) get less than 6 hours of sleep per night.” Ironically, those that have time to sleep, can’t. According to Sleep in 2011, “Insomnia costs $2,280 per worker in lost productivity, totaling $63.2 millionnationally.”
- According to TNS Research in March 2010, “The economic downturn is putting pressure on American workers: 48% are required to do more work with fewer resources, 39% are doing the work of two people because of recession, 47% have difficulty taking time off from work and 30%feel the need to stay connected 24/7.”
- Senior executives polled said the average length of a lunch break was 35 minutes. They worked through lunch an average of three times per week. Office Team, “Table for None,” 2008.
The statistics go on and on. Not only do we see the data concentrate on the ever-increasing hours we spend working, but we also see the greater negative health issues as a result of our pressured lifestyles. Other studies suggest that employees are yearning for balance. In Robert Half’s 2010 white paper on Workplace Redefined: Shifting Generational Attitudes During Economic Change, Healthcare and Time Off were cited as most important in determining job satisfaction for all generations.
But still we look for every way possible to do more. One colleague of mine recently commented about his hectic week, “If I could only clone myself…” I immediately flashed to that 90s comedy Multiplicity – remember Michael Keaton’s character, Doug and his desire to just get a break from all the demands of his life? Sixteen years later and we are still searching.
So the question becomes: with more and more great ideas, why aren’t we getting any better at managing our time?
Its time we turn back to our best, most effective app: ourselves. To learn how to build a philosophy and strategy around managing your time more effectively download our newest article with new tips and tactics: