10 timewasters to avoid for better work efficiency
Currently, we have a lot of distractions that fit the bill of a perfect distraction. Timewasters are mostly just habits that provide little to no meaningful reward for the time invested. Try to avoid these timewasters and you’ll add more hours to your day to do what really matters to you:
- Clutter. Clutter is a huge timewaster. Everything seems to be in your way. It’s hard to find the things you need. It’s emotionally stressful, too. Have you ever noticed how peaceful a sparsely decorated room feels? You can create that same environment.
- Worrying. There’s no evidence that your thoughts impact the external world. You can worry all you want about the weather, your debt, or your relationship. Worrying only creates physical and emotional stress. It also makes you less productive and less capable of dealing with the issue.
- Perfectionism. Ask yourself how well something needs to be done and strive to attain that level of quality. Perfection is an impossible goal and requires far more time than it’s worth.
- Electronic devices. How much time do you spend each week watching TV, surfing the internet, or staring at your phone? Do you play video games? Count up all of that time and ask yourself if there’s something more productive you could be doing.
- Social media. In theory, social media is a great thing. But in practice, it takes up a lot of time and creates stress.
- Multi-tasking. It’s far more effective to do one thing at a time. Refocusing your attention on multiple tasks takes time and destroys any momentum you’ve created.
- Indecision. If you lack a clear direction, you’re likely to do nothing. Learn to make up your mind quickly. Make the best decision you can and get busy putting it into action.
- Meetings. Many meetings are a waste of time, and they can suck the happiness from your soul. An ineffective meeting is worse than not having a meeting at all. Plan appropriately for productive meetings and try to avoid the rest.
- Plan for next day. Having a plan for the following day before you go to bed is a great way to avoid wasting time. Make a plan in the evening and then spend the day working your plan.
- Fatigue. It’s hard to do your best work while tired. You work slower, make more mistakes, and have a decreased ability to focus and make wise decisions. Get your sleep! Taking breaks is another great way to recover or avoid mental fatigue. Schedule breaks into your workday.
Consider all the meaningful things you could accomplish if you stopped wasting time.