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We all want to be productive and get things done without feeling overwhelmed, right? Time plays a big role in your productivity, so today it’s all about how you manage your time.
Are you ready?
Let me tell you something!
We are in an era when it sometimes feels like time is not on our side. I’m sure there are times when you wish there were more hours in a day so you could complete all your tasks.
But since that’s impossible, we have to learn how to work with the time we have and achieve all we want to do.
You see, I have been there before.
Every day, I wished I had one more hour so I could meet my deadline.
There is always something one wants, whether it’s more hours to sleep at night or more hours during the day to get things done.
Are there days when you spend your hours doing unnecessary activities then wish you could have that time back? You wonder where the time went and then get filled with regrets.
Let me introduce you to what I call “time thieves.”
What are time thieves?
Time thieves are things or people that waste or steal the time you could otherwise be spending on what really matters to you.
They tend to consume us and act important when all they are doing is taking our precious time!
The fact is, most of these time thieves steal your time because you have given them consent to do so. Now, are you itching to know what’s stealing your time?
You may not even be aware of the time thieves that are impacting your life.
Knowing who or what your biggest time thieves are will help you figure out how to avoid, control, or manage them so they don’t affect you at all.
Have a look at the most common time thieves that are keeping you from getting things done.
Electronics and Technology
These range from smartphones to tablets and even computers. Electronics are big time suckers, as we’re often using them even when we know we should be doing something else.
There are times when it’s important to make decisions beforehand to avoid wasting time making decisions at the last minute.
When you have to make a decision instantly, you may feel pressured, stressed, or overwhelmed so you end up taking more time than necessary to get started on the task at hand.
Limit the amount of time you spend on social media channels, as social media is one of the top time thieves around today.
Be a little more disciplined and mindful of the time you spend on social media.
If you find yourself having trouble with social media use, try apps like freedom.to.
Poor planning often results in things going wrong, which means you might have to complete a task all over again.
This obviously takes more time than if you were to get it right at first.
If you planned something well, chances are you’ll be successful, thus giving you more time to get other things done.
“I’ll do it later” and “There’s still time”: that’s what people say when they are putting off the things they’re supposed to be doing.
“Later” may never come, or, when it does, you’ll be met with extra pressure and stress, two things that result in poor productivity.
A disorganized mind and environment can be major time suckers. You can spend hours and hours of time meant for other things just looking for lost belongings.
A disorganized environment can steal your focus and make you less productive.
Checking Your Emails All The Time
It’s just like it sounds! Go work on your tasks instead of letting your time slip away.
Interruptions can range from unexpected drop-in visitors to unplanned phone calls from work colleagues, family members, and even friends.
Those interruptions can wait until after your work is done.
Unclear Goals and Vision
When you don’t know what you want to do, you end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do next.
That could take hours, so set goals ahead of time.
Trying to Impress Everyone
You can’t be everyone’s cup of tea, so don’t try to be a people pleaser. When the answer is no, be confident and say it!
Don’t say yes when you don’t have time for someone, even if there are 101 reasons and excuses to say yes (when your answer is really no). Live your truth and be yourself.
- Electronics and Technology
- Being Indecisive
- Social Media
- Poor Planning
- Staying Disorganized
- Checking Your Emails All The Time
- Unclear Goals and Vision
- Trying to Impress Everyone
Now it’s time for you to list your biggest time thieves and start working on getting rid of them. It’s essential in order to avoid them killing your productivity!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you did learn something, I’m sure I can help you, even more, to become a more productive person and get things done! Do you feel easily overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do every day? Enter your email and I’ll send you 3 secrets you can use to finally start getting things done — even if you’ve read all the books on productivity and nothing has worked!
Name the top 2 things on this list that throw off your time management. Who steals most of your time?
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