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Time Management Facts and Figures
By Dr. Don Wetmore, President, The Productivity Institute

Some interesting facts and figures about Time Management and Personal Productivity for your use and enjoyment.

During the last twenty years, after making over 2,000 presentations around the world, I have gathered some interesting facts and figures about Time Management and Personal Productivity for your use and enjoyment.

- There will be 2.2 million deaths in this country this year. 75% are from causes that are largely preventable.

- There will be 2 million marriages in this country this year and 1 million divorces.

- 95% of divorces are caused by a "lack of communication"

- The average working person spends less than 2 minutes per day in meaningful communication with their spouse or "significant other".

- The average working person spends less than 30 seconds a day in meaningful communication with their children.

- 80% of employees do not want to go to work on Monday morning. By Friday, the rate only drops to 60%.

- The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.

- The average person gets 1 interruption every 8 minutes, or approximately 7 an hour, or 50-60 per day. The average interruption takes 5 minutes, totaling about 4 hours or 50% of the average workday. 80% of those interruptions are typically rated as "little value" or "no value" creating approximately 3 hours of wasted time per day.

- On an average day, there are 17 million meetings in America.

- By taking 1 hour per day for independent study, 7 hours per week, 365 hours in a year, one can learn at the rate of a full-time student. In 3-5 years, the average person can become an expert in the topic of their choice, by spending only one hour per day.

- 95% of the books in this country are purchased by 5% of the population. 95% of self-improvement books, audio tapes, and video tapes purchased are not used.

- 97% of workers, if they became financially independent, would not continue with their current employer or in their current occupation.

- 20% of the average workday is spent on "crucial" and "important" things, while 80% of the average workday is spent on things that have "little value" or "no value".

- In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%.

- A person who works with a "messy" or cluttered desk spends, on average, 1 1/2 hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things or approximately 7 1/2 per workweek. "Out of sight; out of mind." When it


Don Wetmore, a college professor and an attorney, is president of The Productivity Institute, ( www.balancetime.com ) and has been in the field of Time Management / Personal Productivity for over twenty years. Reach Don Wetmore by email at: ctsem@msn.com

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