What are the biggest time wasters at work that prevents productivity?
“Whether this is the best of times or worst of times, it’s the only time we have got ” – Art Buchwald
Starting your day with easiest task
It took me two years to understand this simple concept since nobody talked to me about it.
Don’t just understand these time wasters, get rid of them immediately.
You don’t get recognized at workplace just by doing things.
Your bosses or clients remember you when you complete the most critical task on time.
So, before starting any work always considers whether this work is significant or you are doing it because it looks convenient to you.
Always remember you have to complete any given task or assignment whether it’s suitable for you or not.
If you are doing the most comfortable work first ignoring important work you are just wasting your time, and neither your boss nor client will value your work.
Moreover, you can’t justify your pending work in this condition.
Checking your personal emails and making personal calls
If you check private emails or make personal calls twice or thrice a day, you will create an unnecessary interruption in your work.
Moreover, you can’t complete your work on time.
You have to work after office hours and by and by you will start losing your efficiency.
“Focus on being productive instead of being busy.” – Tim Ferris
Whenever you are on vacation or take off, you don’t want to do official work; similarly, give your 100% while you are in office.
To avoid this situation, you can check your emails once a day and limit your call to maximum 5-10 minutes during office hours.
When I started working in Industry I had to ask many things from my seniors, colleagues, and clients.
I was hesitant every time, so I used to delay my work.
Many times I got a tongue lashing from my bosses.
Finally, I understood I could not survive in Industry if I kept hesitating.
Just consider what happens when you wait i.e., you cannot complete your work, you leave office with tension, you reach office thinking about work, you can’t think of changing your job, and you have to forget about salary raise or promotion.
So if you hesitate, everything will go wrong, and cost of hesitation is too high.
Now consider what happens when you are confident and proactive
- Complete your work on time.
- You needn’t waster your time
- You will have a good reputation among subordinate, colleagues, seniors, and clients.
- People will start recognizing your work.
- The client will value and appreciate your work.
- You can complete your job quickly.
- Your boss will surely promote you.
You cannot afford to hesitate if you really want to grow in your career.
What are the other time wasters you know that might waste your time.
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