29 Ways you are wasting your time.

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Productivity

I’d love to say this all my own work, but it’s not. Instead, it comes from Craig Jarrow at Time Management Ninja. There is just so much good stuff in here I just had to put it out again.

Here are 29 Ways You’re Wasting Time Today:

  1. Complaining. No one gets what they want by whining. Instead, try asking.
  2. Commuting during rush hour. Time-shift your drive for less traffic.
  3. Gossiping. It never gets the work done.
  4. Doing other people’s work. Do your work first.
  5. Watching TV. No one ever accomplished their goals by sitting on the couch.
  6. Hanging out with negative people. Be careful, attitude is contagious.
  7. Procrastinating. Action now always beats inaction.
  8. Indecision. Make decisions or life will make them for you.
  9. Reading the news. Go on a media diet.
  10. Antagonizing others. If you don’t have something nice to say…
  11. Playing video games. Angry Birds doesn’t get work done. Neither does Words with Friends.
  12. Eating junk food. Do something active and get your body in motion.
  13. Making empty promises. Stop saying what you’re not going to do.
  14. Waiting for something to happen. Go out and make it happen.
  15. Attending unnecessary meetings. Practice the “Right to Decline” unneeded meetings.
  16. Reading Email. Only check it 3 times a day. Morning, noon, end of day.
  17. Answering the phone. Remember, your phone is there for your convenience.
  18. Playing Email Ping-Pong. Avoid the back-and-forth, go talk to someone.
  19. Not putting things away. You’ll have to look for them later.
  20. Surfing the web endlessly. One thing leads to another…
  21. Constantly updating your social media status. No one needs to know what you are eating for lunch.
  22. Not capturing ideas. Where did you write down that million dollar idea?
  23. Fighting with others. Agree to disagree, but skip the fight.
  24. Reading the tabloids. Do you need to know which celeb got arrested this week?
  25. Looking for things you misplaced. Make sure you have a place for your stuff.
  26. Letting email notifications interrupt your day. Turn off those pop-ups!
  27. Piling instead of filing. Piles are not organization.
  28. Not looking at your todo list. You wrote that task down, but you didn’t look at your list.
  29. Solving the same problems, again. Make sure you document solutions so you have them down the road.

What Shouldn’t You Do Today?

Sometimes it’s not what you do, but what you stop doing.

Protect your day from these time-wasters.

You just might have a little more time in your day.

Question: Where do you catch yourself wasting time?

Back to me again, seeing as Craig has already done all the hard work.

I look at the above and it reads at first like its workplace related, but its more than that. There is a lot of stuff there that relates to everyday home life. One of the things that horrified me was when I worked out how many hours a week I could just spend trawling the web for any and all tangents that caught my interest. However if I had to pick just one of the 29 listed points it would be number 27:

Piling instead of filing.Piles are not organization.

As soon as I read this one I just thought, that’s me – and not in a good way.

Overall, I think I’m pretty good at managing my time, but yeah, always room for improvement.

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