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Sometimes, we notice the day slip by without having done much and when we replay the day in our head we can’t really tell where this time has gone. Whatever you do for a living, we are all guilty of time-wasting every now and then. While some time wasters such as social media and binge-watching are easily identified, there are other things you might have never expected to be wasting your time, and so you should know them.
You might be caught by surprise at this one, but in fact, multitasking is counterproductive. Juggling so many things at the same time will make you lose your focus and instead of spending your energy on getting things done, you will waste so much of it switching between tasks.
2. Unscheduled meetings
Meetings that have no agenda and are not scheduled in advance will take away from the time dedicated to other things, and so, you will end up with delayed tasks. While it is not always an option since some unscheduled meetings are urgent, try not to accept invitations to meetings or events that are not preplanned.
3. Lack of clarity
Lack of clarity will have you changing the course of action constantly because you are not clear on a certain vision or a plan. So you need to be clear on an action plan before working on any project or task and not leave the process as a surprise.
Clutter causes distraction. So, the mess around you will reflect on your state of mind. In addition, clutter is proven to increase stress and anxiety. Whether at home or at the office, make sure your space is organized and clutter-free.
5. Saying ‘yes’ to everything
Sometimes away we shy away from saying ‘no’, but agreeing to offer help in times when you are overloaded with other things will cause your tasks to pile up. While sometimes we find it rude or not nice to say ‘no’, it is better if you offer help when your schedule is more relaxed so you don’t feel stressed.