Time Wasters at Work

Avoid These Time Wasters At Work

Do you feel like there is not enough time in the day to complete all your tasks at work? On the other hand, maybe it’s not the number of hours in the work day, but the way you use your time. If you want to become more efficient and accomplish more during your work day, consider these tips and avoid these time wasters at work:

Save the social media for break-time. Are you constantly checking your Facebook account, or logging on to Twitter to see the latest news or gossip? Unless your work requires you to run the company social media sites, stay off social media sites during work hours. Personal online activity can diminish your productivity at work and decrease efficiencies. If you think no one is watching your office internet activity, think again. Office network administrators monitor all online activity and report inconsistencies detrimental to the company goals.   If you want to look at your personal social media accounts, do it on your coffee or lunch break.

Oh no, not another meeting! Any meeting you attend should have an agenda, otherwise, it’s probably going to be a waste of time. If you’re asked to be involved in a meeting, request an agenda in advance to the meeting. Above all, this gives you an opportunity to prepare and be productive at the time of the meeting. If the meeting doesn’t have an agenda, chances are, it will only lead to another meeting. As a rule, politely say no to meetings without merit or an agenda. Instead, ask if a phone call or group chat could suffice. Meetings can be a huge time waster at work!

Turn off email notifications! Does your email pop-up a notification every time a new message hits the inbox? Not every email is urgent, so limit the times you check email during the day and turn off the notification that interrupts your train of thought every time it dings. Ideally, as a good business practice, check email three times a day; first thing in the morning, mid-day, and before you leave. The same holds true for voicemails, don’t let calls interrupt your workflow. Dedicated the last 30 minutes of your day responding to emails and calls that require your attention. As a rule, it’s a good idea to perform an occasional purge of junk email and non-essential messages to keep your inbox organized.

Focus on the task at hand. On the contrary to what one might think, multi-tasking kills productivity. Trying to complete more than one thing at a time divides your attention between tasks. As a result, each task is competing for your focused attention and you end up spending more time completing than if you tackled each one individually. For best results, focus and complete one task at a time, them move to the next item on your list.

Comment your top time wasters at work below!


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