Have you ever looked at the time and wondered ‘where did the day go?’ Have you ended up disappointed because you didn’t accomplish all you set out to do? Chances are you either have too much on your to do list (which we will get into in a later post) or you’re getting distracted by modern technology. Here are some common time wasters that can interrupt productivity time and some tips on how to change your habits.
- Let’s not start a list of all the social media platforms out there. I admit: I use quite a few for my social and business life. The problem was that I was spending way too much time on social media which was taking away from my business productivity. Try setting a particular time on your calendar for being virtually social, perhaps your lunch hour or break and set a timer for 10 minutes. When that timer is up, you are done.
- Be purposeful with your time. If you run your own business, promote yourself, network, find an inspiring article, etc. If you’re going to be on there, do something great for your business, something that will bring rewards in the present and/or future.
- I’m a sucker for my TV shows. I love getting lost in a great story line and forgetting about reality. It’s relaxing for me. If you have the option, record your shows. This allows you to use the fast forward function and cut your TV watching in half. If you work away from home, set time on the weekend to play catch up or an hour in the evening. Whatever you do, don’t use your business hours to plop on the couch. You might get too comfortable and one show will turn into four. By the time you know it, you don’t feel like doing anything.
Phone Calls / Texts
- Do you know someone who likes to chat during your business hours? If you know a chatter box, five minutes turns into an hour or more. Use your ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature on your phone, if you have it available. Search your phone settings, do a google search or contact your wireless provider to see if you’re phone offers this option. If you have an iPhone, you can go to settings, do not disturb, schedule the time frame you do not want incoming calls or texts and you’re done. You do have the option to allow calls from certain people or allow calls from no one. I suggest allowing calls from your spouse, children’s schools, children’s cell phones, executive and certain clients. The list is up to you, choose wisely.
- Texts can be as dangerous as talking on the phone. Some people like to go back and forth with texts and this is a huge time waster! If you do not to use the do not disturb option on your phone, let them know that you’re busy with a work project but that you will get back to them during your break or at the end of your work day. Time is money and your circle of family or friends should understand this.
Don’t get me wrong, technology and social media platforms can be a great asset for your business. Keeping in touch with family and friends is good, but know your limits. Use calendars and timers to your advantage. Don’t let social media, TV or your phone lead to an unproductive day. Accept that your time is valuable and make the most out of your business day. Time wasters are different for everyone; these are just a few culprits for yours truly. Drop us a line below and share how you stay productive during your business hours!