Time or Task? by Ann Vertel
When you plan your booking calls, which of these two scenarios makes you queasy?
1. Call twenty people.
2. Call until you book two classes.
3. Make calls for one hour.
If you said #1 and #2 make you uncomfortable you are probably “time oriented.”
If #3 made you uncomfortable, you are probably “task oriented.”
Honoring your orientation will bring you greater results.
If you are task oriented, you prefer to work on a project until it is complete – calls, filing, cleaning, doing inventory, etc. The downside of this is you may become overwhelmed because a task seems too big. For example, the very thought of organizing your office may send you screaming because you believe once you start the work you must complete it. Task oriented people need to break larger tasks down into smaller ones. Where organizing your office may seem too huge, filing one stack of papers, stocking one shelf of inventory, or answering twenty emails might seem just right. Chunk down the task to manageable bites.
If you are time oriented, you prefer to work on a project for a set period of time, whether you finish it or not. This means you make calls, file, clean, do inventory for a set amount of time, such as half an hour, then move on to another timed task. The downside of this is you may not actually finish what needs to be finished. However, if you work on the project in set time spans you will eventually finish if you keep coming back to it. I read a great example of this, used to clean your house, from Marla Cilley, The Fly Lady, in her wonderful book “Sink Reflections.” (You can find Marla at http://www.FlyLady.com). She said to set a timer, clean a room for 15 minutes, then move to the next room and reset the timer. It works wonderfully for time oriented people.
Approach your work with the style that suits YOU. The point is to get your work DONE.
Ann Vertel, MA, CPBA
Marketing Consultant and Business Development Coach
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