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Time Management Facts and Figures

  1. The average working person spends less than 2 minutes per day in meaningful communication with their spouse or “significant other”.
  2. The average working person spends less than 30 seconds a day in meaningful communication with their children.
  3. 80% of employees do not want to go to work on Monday morning. By Friday, the rate only drops to 60%.
  4. The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.

  5. 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, totalling 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 97% of workers, if they became financially independent, would not continue with their current employer or in their current occupation.
  8. 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”.
  9. In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%.
  10. 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’s in sight, it’s in mind.
  11. The average reading speed is approximately 200 words per minute. The average working person reads 2 hours per day. A Speed Reading course that will improve the reading rate to 400 words per minute will save an hour per day.
  12. 90% of those who join health and fitness clubs will stop going within the first 90 days.
  13. 9 out of 10 people daydream in meetings.
  14. 60% of meeting attendees take notes to appear as if they are listening.
  15. 40% of working people skip breakfast. 39% skip lunch. Of those who take a lunch break, 50% allow only 15 minutes of less.
  16. It takes approximately 30 days to establish a new physical or emotional habit.
  17. The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day.
  18. 49% of workers complain that they are on a treadmill.
  19. Angry people are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as a person in better control of their emotions.
  20. 75% of heart attacks occur between the hours of 5:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., local time.
  21. More heart attacks occur on Monday than on any other day of the week.
  22. 25% of sick days are taken for illness. 75% of sick days are taken for other reasons.
  23. 95% of the things we fear will occur, do not occur.
  24. Taking 5 minutes per day, 5 days per week to improve one’s job will create 1,200 little improvements to a job over a 5-year period.
  25. 1 out of 3 workers changes jobs every year.
  26. 1 out of 5 people moves every year.
  27. 70% of workers desire to own their own business.
  28. 75% of workers complain that they are tired.
  29. The average worker gets 6 hours and 57 minutes of sleep per night.
  30. 80% of “Crisis Management” events are preventable.
  31. The average worker spends 35 minutes per day commuting.
  32. When someone is asking for our time for a meeting, 80% of the time, there is an alternate date and time that will be acceptable.
  33. Good Time Managers do not allocate their time to those who “demand” it, but rather, to those who “deserve” it.
  34. The most powerful word in our Time Management vocabulary is “no”.
  35. 70% of business and professional people use a “to do” list on a regular basis to administer their “have to’s”.
  36. 5% of business and professional people use a “to do” list on a regular basis to administer not only their “have to’s”, but also their “want to’s”.

Tara Dalrymple of Busylizzie