Your Biggest Time Wasters
That You Should Eliminate
Have you ever had one of those days where there were plenty of things that you needed to get done, but suddenly it was after 5pm? Looking back at the day, it didn’t go quickly because you were busy and productive, but instead you procrastinated too much and ultimately wasted too much time.
Harvey MacKay puts it this way, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
For many people, their biggest regrets in life are misusing their time. So today, let’s take a look at the worst ways we waste time, and determine that as we go forward into 2020, we will spend the time we are given in a more productive and healthy manner.
The Never Ending Social Media Newsfeed
Social media is a fantastic tool to keep in touch with friends and family. It’s a great place to post your pictures, get the latest news, and see what your ex girlfriends are up to. It also should not be in the workplace.
Studies have shown that social media is indeed addictive. We get a little dopamine dump every time we get a new notification, and we love to have those likes pile up. It’s hard to break away from it when you have become accustomed to it.
The problem is that once you start scrolling, there is literally no end to your newsfeed. You can scroll forever and waste hours from every day. Instead of letting it take over, turn it off. Check it in the morning and in the evening, and then focus your energy on productivity.
Working Too Much
Work more to get more done… right? Actually, it is the opposite. Studies show that when we take more breaks (within reason) and don’t try to work overtime to get things done, we actually see much more productivity throughout the day.
The need to unplug and unwind is immense, and when we ignore it, we end up losing much more time than we save. So let’s take a tip from the Japanese, and engage in the practice of Shinrin-yoku.
“Got a Minute?” Meetings
When you’re in charge of leading an organization, people will come to you for advice, questions on how to get things done, and overall just to get your approval on whatever is happening within the organization. Most of these meetings are supposed to be just a short interaction. Normally, they are anything but that.
It’s okay to close your door and focus on your work. Most of these Got a Minute meetings aren’t so important that they can’t wait until another time. Often, they don’t need to happen at all.
Attending Networking Meetings
Networking is important. It’s beneficial to make connections that you otherwise wouldn’t have made. If you’re leading a company, then networking is very important to ensure that you have a steady stream of clients and people know who you are and what you do.
What is not important, however, is networking for the sake of networking. If you’re outgoing and extroverted by nature, then it can be fun to go to networking meetings. However, if you’re going just for the sake of going, you end up wasting your time.
Scheduling, and Rescheduling Meetings
If you are constantly meeting with clients, vendors, and others, it’s a huge waste of your time to manually be setting these meetings. There are dozens of software programs out there that can help you schedule without you having to look at anything.
Even if someone has to change their appointment with you, it can all be done on the back end through the software without you ever needing to know about it. All you do is prepare for the meeting shortly before it’s time to meet.
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