Time Studies

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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When you were a kid, didn't it seem like you had all the time in the world? But now that you're a grown-up, 24 hours a day just doesn't seem like enough anymore, does it? Hectic work schedules and the constant pressure to succeed can make your day seem like it's shrinking hour by hour. But if you started analyzing your time, you might find that there's a better way. Time studies are all about organizing your time better, and utilizing it to the utmost.

There are probably avoidable time-wasters you perform everyday without even realizing. Think about your typical work day. Do you find that you have to walk out of your way to transport tools or products? Are there activities that could be combined, reorganized, or eliminated altogether? It can be tough to spot wasted time when you're busy running around putting out fires. That's why it can be so beneficial to take a little "time out" for time studies.

You can do this manually, or with process simulation software. It's pretty simple to start--just map out your day. What actions do you take? What are the results? Once you have a guide right in front of you, patterns may start to emerge, and time-wasters may become more apparent. With a software system, you can make changes, and the system will automatically calculate how much time you are saving.

Make the Most of Your Day with Time Studies

You know the old adage, "time is money." These days, time is also sanity! If you feel overwhelmed, or if you're not getting everything done that you think you should, time studies can help. Once you know how you're spending your time, you can start making the changes you need to achieve the results you want.

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