Effective Management Toolkit: Managing Your Time to Reduce Stress and Leverage Productivity

Katherine Mehr

Is it possible to manage something invisible such as time? I think not. However, managing what you do within a certain timeframe certainly changes that statement dramatically. According to time management expert Julie Morgenstern, time management is defined as managing energy and brainpower to peak performance. Basically, getting the most out of every moment, every hour, every day.

How people organize their work load has shifted over the years, even more today during this uncertain economy. Managers and human resources professionals need to lead a time management culture—one that provides guidance. Employees should remain focused and have the ability to say "no" to things when they are not a priority.

Morgenstern states that 30 to 40 percent of the workday is lost to paralysis—where employees spend the time figuring out what they need to do, but not actually doing it. Many are overwhelmed by their to-do lists, which then leads to procrastination, increased stress and a decrease in organizational productivity.

Organizations buy talent and need to make sure that the money they are spending on those employees is beneficial. Talent needs to be productive.

Morgenstern shares with Human Resources IQ ways to assess and measure your time, solutions that won’t waste your valuable time, and tools that can be used to help you become more organized, productive and less frustrated.