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July 18, 2016

Where Are You Wasting Time?

Most people don’t realize how much time they waste every day because of bad habits. According to the 2014 annual survey by survey.com, more than 60% of respondents report wasting between 30 and 60 minutes a day. If we are losing up to an hour each day, we need to take a look at the habits that are stealing our time.

Habits are actions we perform automatically, so in order to change them, we need to become aware of them. Here are three habits to focus on and get rid of in order to be more positively productive each day.desktop keeping order series

  • Get organized. Putting things where they belong when you are finished with them is a habit that can put more time in your life. When you have to sort through stacks of paper or hundreds of completed e-mails in your in-box, you are wasting time. Take time to get organized, create labeled folders, and put away documents when you are finished with them. See my blog post Is Your Computer Desktop a Mess? for more information.
  • Focus on priorities. Becoming scattered is easy when you are juggling a dozen different tasks, but lack of focus on priorities is a major waste of time. The time spent at work should be productive and deliver the results you need for professional and career success. Take time at the beginning of the week to identify your top priorities for the week and concentrate on accomplishing them. See my blog post Use the Pareto Principle for Productivity at Work.
  • Stop being interrupted. Most people think other people interrupt them; that’s not true. We allow ourselves to be interrupted, and that wastes time. Become assertive about your time and be firm about handling interruptions. Learn to say no graciously, but firmly, when someone wants your attention.

See my blog post Your Habits Can Make or Break Productivity for more information you can use.

 

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