Time Wasters. Those things that break our train of thought.
Time Wasters take us away from what we are doing
or should be doing.
Inefficient work habits
What about distractions?
As entrepreneurs and business owners, we have more than one thing running through our minds at most points of the day. No wonder we can’t multitask!! We are overloaded to the max!
Where did the time go?
We all know that email can be a great distraction. A time waster? Absolutely.
Read this very fast — a virtual post
You are working on a project —creating your invoices for your clients. Certainly a priority activity. You see an email come through. Perhaps it is an important email from a customer who has a question. We have trained them that we are available 24/7 with all of our electronics that don’t seem to have an ‘off’ switch.
You open the email and think about their question. You decide you need a little more information, so you go out to your browser to get a little insight into how to form your answer. It will only take a minute. Then you will get right back to your invoicing. You have to bring in the money right?
While you are searching the web, you stumble upon a posting about how to streamline your invoicing process. You think that looks interesting. I hate invoicing so let me at it. You scan through the information and it asks a question about how you currently track your customers. You leave the window to return to your accounting program to find out and then when you go back to the article, which is actually an ad, you find the original search you were conducting to answer your client’s question.
You slap yourself in the head and say, that is the reason I was on the internet. So you say, let me finish that and get that email out and then I will come back and look at the new invoicing idea.
Then the phone rings. You answer it and take care of the caller and look at the clock. You say to yourself, “Where did the time go? I was supposed to have my invoicing done an hour ago.”
If you aren’t careful, you will blame the entire loss of time on the ‘interruptions’ caused by your customers. They are very needy.
What Can You Do?
What could you have done to safeguard the priority task of getting your invoicing out? Turn off the email for that hour? That is the logical answer. You need to be true to yourself and your priorities, to keep those time wasters at bay.
From time to time, I am going to talk about time wasters. I would love to include yours. What would you say is the most disruptive time-wasting activity in your business today?