Productivity Habits for the Bipolar or Depressed Individual (Part 2)

March 30, 2011 Peter Zawistowski

Productivity Habits for the Bipolar or Depressed Individual (Part 1)

Many people don't make the best use of their time. If possible, avoid meetings that you are a fly on the wall, having little input. Are the projects you are currently working on more important than this meeting? Can you get the minutes or highlights of the meeting? Most business meetings take twice as long to complete than what is required to get through the materials needed. If you are curious on how much a meeting costs, for every $10,000 of salary, each hour is worth typically $5.95; a salary of $50,000 is worth $29.75 times each person in the meeting. Six people with all the same salary of $50,000 makes each hour worth or costs the company $178.50 per hour. This only includes the meeting time; preparation, photocopying and power point presentations are additional.

Far too often, we over-schedule ourselves. If a phone call or a special meeting runs late, then we are behind schedule due to no fault of our own. We can behind schedule for days or several days. Try to give yourself some extra minutes in every day and if possible on every schedule task. Over a weeks time you should log in a few unscheduled hours. You can almost never reschedule in extra time. Plan for the extra time now and you will grateful later on. Remember no one schedules in a crisis, we just fit them in.

Doing the tough tasks first. Once you have completed your most important tasks for the day, you should begin on your tough tasks. Those are the tasks you been putting off but you know they need to be done. There are tasks that you have been putting off, hoping they will go away. If they do, great, if they don't then they are the tough tasks. I prefer to do my most important tasks in the morning and my tough tasks right after lunch. Later on in the day when my energy level dwindling I prefer to make phone calls.

Avoid unnecessary work, sometimes we all believe we have nothing but unnecessary work. There is a difference between unnecessary and undesirable. You can have work that is undesirable but still necessary. If you are doing unnecessary along with your necessary tasks, you will appear to be not productive at all. You are only productive when you are working towards a goal. A goal is not “to keep someone from complaining” or “making someone happy”. The first goal is to eliminate non-essential tasks from your “to do” list. Refer to the October 19th, Blog of Setting Goals” for more information.

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Author: Peter Zawistowski

May, 28 2011 at 1:40 pm

What's a good way to clean out my enormous inbox when it feels like everything is a priority?

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Peter Zawistowski
May, 31 2011 at 9:55 am

My first comment is your inbox filled or do you feel overwhelmed with the email situation in general? When my email inbox is overflowing from a trip or vacation, my last vacation had over 880 emails in it when I came back, I tackle it in stages. I feel good getting rid of spam, by just quickly going through the list and delete, delete and delete. I usually do the same with newsletters that are over 24 hours old. By this time my email list is less then one-third of what I started with. I then work for a certain period of time, I like 45 minutes going through the email. Taking a break, do something different for short period of time then back to the email list. My list is usually cleared out in two days. Being overwhelmed is the difficult part, I hope my method helps you.

Dr Musli Ferati
April, 10 2011 at 8:53 pm

Productivity habits consist of highlight engagements of any person as successful and useful subject of social and professional environment. This objective is almost unattainable, but everyone should insist to fulfill. Otherwise our creativity potentials will shrivel, whilst our activity performances would become decreased. As for depressed and bipolar ill individuals the matter is most sensible. Because they, amongst other defects, possess an damaged will, the same ought to compile a list of daily activity. At the same time, the same should make timing to any predestination, in order to realize undertaking activity. In a word, this lifestyle is denominate as scheduling on management of time. By me, this helps to overcome the sloth in depression or to hold oneself back in manic phase at bipolar disorder. Your comment, Mr. Zawistowski, on unnecessary and undesirable task is interesting one, but in real life sometimes, they are in contrary or in joint act. What is going on if depressed patient didn't want to eat because of psycho-motor stupor. The reality is somewhat more than orders that seems important.

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