Time Management – How to Be Productive in a Partnership

Whether you work with your spouse or work closely with another individual (or if you don’t work with your spouse but you have to live peaceably with him/her), an important part of time management is to understand how to be productive in a partnership.

I was first introduced to Maureen Anderson when my publisher’s publicity team arranged an interview for me on Maureen’s show, Doing What Works, for the release of my book The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer (New World Library, 2016).

Over Labor Day weekend, Maureen and her producer/husband, Darrell Anderson, hosted me for a third time. There were no pre-arranged questions, which is pretty rare in media. We have such a comfort level that we simply picked a topic: time management with other people – how to be productive in a partnership. We shared a great conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly of working with a partner – especially when that partner is your spouse. How do you mesh time management styles when you work so closely together?

To listen to this episode of Doing What Works and learn how to be productive in a partnership, click here.

Some of the time management-related territory we covered includes:

What do you do if you and your partner have different time management styles?

I don’t like the word “compromise”, so how will I be able to compromise?

There’s no “bad” in “team,” right?

What part of time management do people forget to factor in?

Will taking a break make you more productive – even if that means you’re not working if you’re taking a break?

How can a time management session be like couples therapy?

How important is it that you figure out what you want to do and when you want to do it?

What’s the worst incident of time management clashing that you’ve experienced with your partner?

“How long a minute feels like depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.”

How important is it to think about how the other person receives our information?

Is it possible that we don’t realize how negatively we speak to our partners?

If the conversation with your spouse was being broadcast, what would it say about the kind of relationship or household you have?

What do you do if you and your partner have totally different work styles?

Is it possible to learn from each other?

How should you handle interruptions?

And so much more!

Take a listen here.

About Helene Segura

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews including publications such as Woman’s Day Magazine and Money Magazine, as well as on Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Kanban, Kaizen and time management may be fuddy duddy terms; Helene’s content-packed keynotes and workshops, however, are anything but. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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