15 Ways to Avoid Wasting Your Time
Everyone eventually falls victim to the universal law that we just don't have enough time in the day. The goal is to have as few of those days as possible. People who manage their time well are generally more successful in their careers and personal lives. It might mean making some changes and setting boundaries, but these tips can help you maximize your time each day.
- Listen – If you fail to listen to new opinions, ideas or the counsel of those wiser than you, your learning will slow and you could be left in the dust by others.
- Finish What You Start – Successful people are able to finish – their projects, tasks, and responsibilities. Set priorities and finish the most important things first, then move down the line.
- Don't Work Too Late – That's right, you heard it here; working late is a time waster, despite what you might think. If you continually work long hours, it will hurt your mind, creativity, and relationships. You need to get some rest and down time in order to be your best every day.
- Stay Focused – You should know what your goals are and have them clearly defined.
- Plan Well – Taking the time to plan your projects, trips, or anything else will avoid wasting time dealing with the unexpected.
- Avoid Technology Interruptions – Technology should be used to enhance your time, not hinder it. If you are spending too much time looking at Facebook or other distractions, you might need to re-evaluate how you use technology.
- Avoid Initiative Overload – Don’t take on more than you can handle. Be realistic about what you commit to.
- Manage Your Drop-Ins – This is where boundaries come into play. There is a difference between having an open door policy and letting someone monopolize your time with personal chit-chat.
- Avoid Bad Delegation – Good leaders know their people’s strengths and properly match that person with the right task.
- Organize Well – If this doesn’t come naturally, get help from a more organized person. There is no excuse for a leader not to be organized.
- Avoid Procrastination - A real leader is proactive and doesn’t avoid big issues. Face things head on so that they won’t creep up on you later.
- Proper use of “Yes” and “No” – Don’t say "yes" or "no" to something to be popular or avoid conflict. Real leaders give the correct and fair answer to someone asking.
- Decline Unproductive Meetings – They waste your time and other people's time. Determine whether or not you truly need to participate. If so, try to limit the legnth of the meeting. If not, feel free to decline it. You'll be better off!
- Always Learn – Continue to grow and develop. It will help you make the most of your time.
- Always Engage – Spend time collaborating and talking to people you respect and admire – they can help you with ideas on how to be more efficient.