Reading a time management book will not improve your productivity. Getting coaching from even the world’s best time management coach will not help you to get more things done. Does this mean time management doesn’t work? No, it means that you need to put in the work. You need to apply the techniques that you are reading about or being taught, or they will be useless. And you've got to do this consistently. It’s just like reading a diet book or watching exercise videos while munching on doughnuts. Fairly pointless unless you put in the work.
There are countless studies that have proven that applying time management techniques will improve anyone’s productivity, whether you’re old or young, smart or not so much, creative or not, whatever you’re shape, size or genetic make-up.
Here are some statistics:
Business owners waste up to a third of their week through low-value activities.
Up to 80% of the average working day is spent on activities with little or no value.
46% of stress reported amongst employees in the US is caused by an overwhelming workload
87% of students could achieve better grades if they possessed better organisation and time management skills.
The 14% of people who set goals are ten times more successful than those who don’t.
The average UK employee spends 2 hours 11 minutes procrastinating every day.
Those who sleep 7-8 hours each night are happier, more productive, and produce better results.
Some techniques work better than others, some work better for some people than for others. If you’re going through various techniques yourself, it’s a bit of trial and error, but you will find techniques that work for you. When you’re working with a coach you can shortcut that process, as a good coach will be able to suggest the techniques that are more likely to work for your particular situation and for your personality.
In summary, time management techniques work. You might have to experiment a little bit to find the best ones for you, but the sooner you start the more you can get done at work and the sooner you can reduce your stress levels and get your life back.