Time wasters steal something valuable that you cannot get back. And if left unchecked, it could hinder you from creating your best works. It may even derail you from completing projects or accomplishing whatever goal you have set. Not all time wasters, however, take on the form of activities like spending several hours surfing TV channels or watching videos when there are more important things that need to get done. Sometimes it may take on the form of multitasking and working on things that are unrelated to more critical tasks. Doing anything that does not serve your goals can potentially be a waste of time. Here are some of the things that could chip away valuable time and how best to manage them.
Clutter. A cluttered home or office workspace may not directly affect your work. But it may add to a stressful environment not to mention that it may even hinder you from getting some tasks done quickly. The amount of clutter may also end up becoming more confusing and time-consuming to sort out.
Disruptions. Some of the common examples of time vampires are needless or lengthy phone conversations, idle chitchats, and things that are not on your to-do list. While these interruptions may be impossible to eliminate, you can learn how to manage them in such a way that they will not disrupt your own schedule. You can politely excuse yourself from idle chitchats explaining that you have work to do, put your phone in silent mode, and more.
Internet. Email notifications, constant checking of emails, and surfing the internet for anything unrelated to your tasks are time vampires. You need to put a limit on how much time you spend doing them.
Working without a plan. You can waste a lot of time doing non-essential or the least important things if you neither plan nor prioritize. Planning and prioritizing are among the most effective ways of accomplishing any objective. You are susceptible to disruptions and feelings of being adrift if you cannot prioritize the things that matter most to you.
Procrastinating. You waste time, energy, opportunity, and sometimes even resources when you delay doing the most important things. Procrastination does not accomplish anything. In fact, you are only putting off something that you would still have to do at some point in the future. Sadly, you cannot recover the time you spent doing nothing.
To avoid time wasters is to value the things that are most important to you. The more you succeed at managing your time, the quicker you can accomplish your objectives.