Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | December 29, 2011

Eight Secret Time-Wasters and How to Overcome Them

In preparation for the New Year, resolution ideas for a more productive business day~

SUCCESS Blog by Shelby Skrhak

There’s a reason we send Seeds of SUCCESS at 2 p.m., CT, and not first thing in the morning. We follow the mantra of time management: Tackle your most important or difficult task first thing in the morning. So if you’re reading this newsletter to avoid doing something else more important on your to-do list, we’re on to you.

“The most common time-waster is procrastination,” says author Paul J. Meyer. “People who are masters of time organization wear success blinders. They do not look to the left or the right.”

The most productive folks always look straight ahead to complete their most important tasks for the day and larger overreaching goals.

Productivity coach Cynthia Kersey highlights these procrastinating behaviors and offers ways to spur you into action:  

Time-Wasters

    Talking too long on the phone
    Too frequently browsing social media sites
    Incessantly preparing and not taking action
    Failing to say no to unrelated tasks
    Failing to ask for help or follow directions
    Waiting until late in the day to do tasks
    Having a disorganized office
    Focusing on smaller, less important tasks

Action-Makers

    Schedule phone calls with end times when possible
    Set a time limit for non-task-related Internet browsing
    Map or outline your most pressing task
    Make a short daily to-do list and say no to tasks not on that list
    Set deadlines and alarms for you to complete tasks
    Close your Internet browser or unrelated windows to avoid distraction
    Set your Chat status to “Busy” or go offline
    Place your phone on “Do Not Disturb”


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