Identify Your Time Wasters
Time Management = Time Freedom
As we talked about earlier this week, we all have the same amount of time each day and each week. How we use this time most often determines our success and satisfaction in life. Time wasters can be both frustrating and distracting. In fact, studies have shown that if your concentration is removed from a task it can take fifteen to thirty minutes to get back on track. And even more time is lost if the interruption was dramatic! Yikes! One of the most important time management tasks you can undertake is to identify your time wasters. These time wasters can be people, tasks, habits, things, your own personality quirks, etc. that get in the way of being more effective with your time.
Identify Time Wasters
Some common time wasters:
- Getting lost in email
- Losing sense of time, place, and space while on the Internet
- Lengthy or unnecessary phone calls
- Habitual visitors (Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, calls this person “Camping Carl!” He camps out anywhere there is a warm body with ears!
- Not being aware of your natural bio rhythms and effective work times
- Constant interruptions (email, television, phone, visitors)
- Perfectionism: Leads to “paralysis by analysis” aka “nothingness”
- Disorganization (both mind and matter)
- Indecision: Any decision is better than no decision
- Allowing any type of drama to continually play out in your life (drains time and energy)
“Money, I can either gain or lose. But time I can only lose. So, I must spend it carefully.”
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