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Too much to do, too little time? Mental contrasting can help you choose what’s really important

Kappes, Heather Barry (2016) Too much to do, too little time? Mental contrasting can help you choose what’s really important. Management with Impact (27 Jun 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Working adults these days, perhaps now more than ever, often feel pressed for time. Time pressure is even more intense for working parents. The persistent sense of too-much–to-do-in-too-little-time has spawned a time management industry that by some accounts has more books and related merchandise available than that targeted at weight loss.The wisdom captured by these materials often boils down to “prioritise and organise”: set clear objectives, have a tidy workspace, reduce procrastination. Some of these skills and strategies can be taught directly — those struggling with time management at the office are advised to designate one physical “inbox” and to keep a trash can within reach. Others are effectively facilitated with rules of thumb like the Two-Minute Rule. Ultimately, however, concrete skills and strategies only work to the extent that people are able to prioritise — to decide what is truly important, and — which is usually much harder — to let go of everything else, attractive though it may be.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/management/management-with-...
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Collections > LSE Management with Impact Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2019 00:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83458

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