Being a Senior Planning Engineer, it is common to hear from my execution/site team that they didn’t have enough time to execute a specific scope of work. They either complain about time or resources. I will discuss the “time” factor in this article.
In construction sector at Saudi Arabia specifically (and in other Middle East Countries, generally) a report mentions the Delayed public projects ‘worth $267 billion’. A conversational expression that I hear from my team is that they don’t have enough time. But I am of the view that usually this is not the case. Here is what I consider are the reasons due to which it is felt that we don’t have enough time;
Bad Time Management
Either it is a daily based repetitive operation or a unique project, one needs to be good in time management. Let’s put it in a simple way; you can’t expect to be good at playing basketball if you haven’t practiced well since last year.
Unrealistic Schedule/ to-do List
One should always try for realistic to do list or schedule as the case may be. If we talk about construction projects, man-hours based schedule will be an ideal case. You can also check out Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.
Many of us are not good at Multi-tasking. As stated by Joseph A. Griffin, “Multitasking is probably productivity’s biggest enemy. It doesn’t make us more efficient. It simply splits our time.” Setup separate to do lists for each set of task.
Always concentrate on task in hand. Mute all sort of notifications which can distract your mind. The New York Times states that the time for completion of an average office task is less than the time taken to re-concentrate on the task after distraction.
What you think why we do not have enough time? Share your thoughts in comments.
About The Author:
Engr. M.Q.Shinwari is Civil Engineer by qualification and Planning Engineer by profession. He writes about Engineering, Technology and Project Management.
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