I’m not exactly sure what Steve Miller meant when he sang “time keeps on slipping into the future,” but that sounds a lot like wasting time. Time is precious and sometimes your time is wasted in ways you don’t realize. When you’re at the office, you have to be mindful of the time you let slip away. I mean have you seen “The Office”? Here are a few ways you could be wasting time at work…
Your processes are letting you down: Every workplace has processes that are less than efficient. It’s like putting tape over a hole in your roof. It’s not going to be the right solution. Find solutions that are going to get down to the root of the problem and not cause you or your team to have to waste any additional time fixing it later.
Too much attempted multi-tasking: Multi-tasking sounds great in theory. But it definitely doesn’t work well for everyone. If you can keep your brain focused on one task at a time, you’ll get through each task as efficiently as you possibly can. Don’t let your to-do list keep you unfocused all day. Make a list and knock it out one item at a time.
Your meetings need to be combined: Some meetings are good meetings. But how many times have you left a meeting and then thought to yourself: “That could have been a very short email.” Before you schedule a meeting, make a list of everything you want to cover and exactly what you want to say. At that point, you can decide if it really calls for a meeting. You might end up being the hero who saves everyone’s time.