Let’s be honest, people today are busier than we ever have been. We are in constant communication with people and brands through text, e-mail and social media which really means we’re never not doing something or talking to someone. This means that none of us really have time to spare, yet we develop habits that waste our time on a daily basis. The worst part of all? We don’t even realize we’re doing it. That stops today! Here’s what you’re doing to waste time and how to stop it.
1. You’re trying to handle all of your administrative work. - You know what you’re good at and chances are this isn’t it. If you spend three hours trying to get some bank statement settled you’re wasting your time. If this happens on a regular basis, consider hiring the job out to someone else. Your time is best spent doing what you’re best at.
2. You let the little things build up - If you can pay a bill or schedule an appointment in a few short minutes than do it! If you put the little things off they will stack up and grow into one master to-do list that will never get done. If you can finish the task in 10 minutes or less go ahead and do it so you don’t risk forgetting about it later.
3. You’re a micromanager – You spend all of your time watching other people do their jobs instead of doing yours. You hired your employees to take some of the work off of your plate, not to give you more work to do. Let them do their job so you can do yours.
4. You let daily ordeals slow you down – You spend all of your time reacting to what’s happening in the current moment instead of focusing on the future, which is where your attention needs to be. Problems will arise throughout the day that need your attention but not all of them require you to drop everything else immediately. Block out chunks of time to solely focus on big picture projects and actions.
If you’re looking for more ways to save time check out my recent post on saving time through Smarter Marketing.
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