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How well do you manage your time?

Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 2:40pm

seconds in a day. How do you spend yours?

If the average person works 8 hours a day minus a 30-minute lunch break, you have 27000 seconds to work, 5 days a week. How productive can you make them?

Mike Pagan, creator of the FAFFometer was our guest speaker at Smart Assessor’s end of Q3 meeting and he had a lot to say about time - or the lack of it during the working day.

Mike’s seminar ‘Business is an ​Endurance ​Sport’ was inspired by Stephen Sutton and his take on time management.

“Nobody can give me more time – I’ve realised that you only get one shot at life. I need to make every second count. I firmly believe that you should have the same motto.”​

To start the day off, Mike made each team member go around the room telling 2 truths and 1 lie. The objective? Figure out which of the 3 your colleague is lying about. Some of the statements that were said included:

  • I once stood next to Bradley Cooper at a concert
  • I drove into Fiona’s wall on my interview
  • I worked for a body piercer
  • I’m taking part in a 24 hour tough mudder
  • I ran over my neighbour’s cat
  • I was offered a modelling contract
  • I swam the English Channel last year
  • I did a naked skydive in New Zealand
  • I own over 2000 books​

I’ll let you decide which you think are true and which you think are a lie.

Our next task was to list in our tables what we do at work, what are our main tasks?Now these vary depending on who does what but similar ones cropped up no matter what the role, I’ll share a few here for examples:

  • Answering emails
  • Catching up with each team's daily goals
  • Skype - phoning outside numbers and working from home developers
  • Prioritise tasks for the day, then usually end up re-prioritising
  • Drive to see clients or prospects
  • Fix bugs and keep on top of support tickets
  • Designing brochures, leaflets, stands and exhibition material

Mike also spoke about mood hoovers. A mood hoover has the ability to alter your mood, putting you in a negative mood by sucking the positive energy away similar to a hoover hose. Alongside this your office will have three different types of personalities: the friendly helper, the tough battler and the logical thinker. Each of these personality types will look for different traits, strengths and weaknesses in the other types, without a mix of them all, the office dynamic would simply not function successfully. 


HIDI also affects our mood and how well we can work whilst in the office, ultimately effecting how much time we spend faffing.

Are these relevant to you? Which personality type do you think you are?

Mike's FAFFometer can be found online here

Mike's talk really makes you realise we only have limited time, let alone at work but in life too, so make the most of what you have. Time is one of very few things you can buy, so spend it wisely.

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