Time wasters make the 24 hours in a day seem insufficient for all the many things we want to do for the day. We mostly don’t realize that this may be as a result of some time wasting efforts which keeps us away from focusing on what’s really important.
To help free up your schedule, you need to identify time wasters and take actions to properly deal with them. If you want to be a successful person in life, you’ve got to have a laser-like focus, and stop wasting your time but focus on your goals.
Here are some identified common time wasters:
- Misplaced Priorities
If you want to be a better manager of your time, you need to determine what your priorities are. Not knowing one’s priorities is the biggest time waster! Know your priorities and you’ll have a road map to guide your behavior.
- Living Online
Wasting time on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Playing with apps, Emailing and texting, Buying every stupid little gadget ever imagined?
You quit doing all that, you’ll have more time to actually get things done than you know what to do with and invest in productive online surfing.
- Phone Calls
Time is wasted when you lack clarity about the purpose of your activities, and when you are easily distracted. It’s easy to justify to yourself that you’re working hard when in fact what you’re doing may serve no useful purpose.
It is easy to spend a lot of unnecessary time on the telephone on lengthy small talk with random people. Replace long phone calls with quick texts to people, especially when you’ve still got a whole workload piled up for you in a day. Lengthy talks are best taken at one’s leisure time.
- Depending On People For Help
Relying on people for help and always expecting things to be done for you won’t help your situation nor take you far. It’s a big time waster.
Instead of this, ask people how you can help them without the backward mindset of “what’s in it for me”?. Believe it or not, that’s the door opener for opportunities.
Meetings can sometimes be time wasters if there is no specific reason, agenda and time frame for holding them. It’s easy to fall into the habit of holding meetings without realizing that some of that time could be spent more efficiently. You’ll save time by clarifying the reason and purpose of a meeting.
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- Looking For Lottery Tickets
Lotteries are basically just a way of getting money from people who are desperate, greedy, lazy, ignorant, or any combination of these traits. That may sound a bit harsh, but it is pretty much the truth.
If you’re after an easy way out, a quick fix, a silver bullet, an overnight viral success, here’s the bad news, good things and fortunes don’t usually come this easy. It’s a one in a million probability chance, so why waste your time on it?
Interruptions, distractions, drop-in visitors, unplanned telephone calls are all potential time-wasters. Schedule “open hours” during specific time frames in order to accommodate those who need to contact you.
As much as possible, avoid overlapping different areas of your life. Unless there is an emergency, don’t allow your work and personal life to interrupt each other. While enjoying time with your family, avoid becoming distracted by work.
- Random Networking
Relationships are critical to business success. Networking and schmoozing are key to forming relationships. But randomly connecting with thousands of strangers online won’t help one bit. Be focused about it. And remember: one real, reliable relationship in the real world is worth a thousand online connections.
- Not Cutting Limits With A ‘No’
If you sometimes can’t say no when you really need to, it means you don’t value your time and you are allowing others to choose how you should spend it.
Taking on too much adds excessive pressure and prevents you from working at your best. That means everything takes longer; more time is stolen.
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