What are the top five time wasters

Time thieves: where are you wasting your time?

Imagine how much time you could save, how much faster you would be done with your tasks, and how many extra things you could do if you weren't constantly wasting your time ... Time thieves lurk everywhere, even if we do not perceive them as such and therefore unconsciously let themselves be influenced by them. A single time thief may not steal too much work and life time, but calculated over the day, the combination of all time wasters can even add hours that are wasted with doing nothing or simply wasting time. We show you the most common time thieves and explain what you can do to better manage your time and end up having more of your day ...

What are time thieves?

Are time thieves tricky little beasts. They spread almost unnoticed in everyday life and in the office, steal a few minutes here, a quarter of an hour there and a few more minutes there, without us noticing how the time flies. Time thieves are tasks, behaviors, activities and characteristics that take up far too much time without something really useful or even productive getting around.

They are therefore the opposite of efficiency. That Time thieves in your life Taking up too much space can be recognized by the fact that you regularly ask yourself How can the day be over again, I've hardly achieved anything? or Why did it take me so much longer to complete the task than I actually thought?

Time thieves make you just stuck and literally waste your time on a lot of different things, either absolutely unimportant or even completely unnecessary and you are not able to take a single step further despite the large amount of time invested. Pure frustration, which is why it is all the more important to track down the time thieves in order to declare war on them.

Don't ignore your time thieves!

I have no problem with time thieves, I pay very close attention to how I divide my time ... A common response when it comes to wasting time. Before it is even dealt with any further, it immediately goes into a Defensive stance. That alone is enough evidence that you subconsciously probably already suspect - or consciously know exactly - that time thieves are robbing you of valuable minutes or even hours both in your job and in your private life.

Your own defense may be understandable, after all, nobody wants to be accused of dealing badly with their own time or even tending to dawdle, but it is a big mistake to simply absolve yourself of any problem and to fool yourself into something like that. That protects that flawless self-image, but only leads to new and further difficulties.

The longer and more persistent you Ignore time thievesthe more time they will waste. In addition, bad habits continue to develop that are very difficult to get rid of once they are established.

As hard as it is: Reflect critically and touch your own nose. Others quickly notice a waste of time, but we ourselves talk nicely about our own actions. Self-criticism pays off when you realize how much time you throw out the window every day instead of using it wisely.

Beware of these time thieves

Unfortunately, time thieves are actually lurking everywhere. Of course, they are particularly serious in professional life, as time is known to be money. But time is also a resourcethat you should make the best use of to make your life easier. The better you manage your time and learn to manage it, the less stress you have and the more successful you can become.

However, this aspect is ignored and ignored and so is sloppily juggled with one's own time, which is downright wasted in many places. We introduce and give you the most common time thieves Tipshow you can counter this:

  • Customers, colleagues and the boss

    It is the wrong approach to blame time thieves only on others. In most cases, you are more or less responsible for this. But it cannot be denied that especially in the workplace Time thieves often in the form of colleagues or even come to the boss. The nice office neighbors are in the office unannounced, the boss schedules the third unnecessary meeting of the week and time goes by without you having achieved anything.

    If colleagues become time thieves, there is often only one help Conversation and clear rules. That doesn't have to be unkind, be sure to ask to save conversations for the break. It is perfectly legitimate to say that you will not have the time otherwise. Even with the boss, openness helps against wasting time. Constructive criticism against time-consuming meetings can be food for thought, best combined with a suggestion on how it can work better.

  • Distractions

    The ways you can get distracted at work are truly endless. New status updates can be read by friends every minute, the gossip at work is always particularly exciting and if necessary there are around a billion cat, travel or food videos just waiting to be clicked. It may only take a few minutes at a time, but it adds up very quickly and suddenly you've just been surfing the Internet for an hour.

    As hard as it sounds: Only helps here iron discipline and sometimes you have to learn the hard way too. Who is so distracted. the fact that he can no longer keep up with his tasks and therefore even has to work overtime, will consider more carefully in the future whether he will give in to this time thief again.

  • Emails

    Perhaps the greatest time thief at work and in everyday life, which is far too often underestimated: emails. They are an integral part of modern communication and every day an employee receives umpteen electronic messages with more or less important content. When reading, thinking and editing an unbelievable amount of time is lost in the processwithout you even realizing it. Even if you only receive 20 e-mails a day (which is below average), five minutes per e-mail is enough to spend a full 100 minutes just looking at e-mails.

    You have not really done anything yet, only received the information, received confirmations or forwarded details. Try to curb yourself and set specific timesthat you dedicate to your mail. So you don't open your inbox every time you ring the doorbell, but can concentrate on working on your e-mails quickly and, above all, in a targeted manner.

  • Helpfulness

    Can you briefly ... or I just need your help ... Who says no? Helpfulness is a desirable quality, but it can also quickly become a time thief. When you spend more time doing other people's chores, Your own work is automatically left behind and you wonder why you barely achieved anything.

    You don't have to give the cold shoulder to every friendly request, but you should learn to know your better allocate your own time and also say nowhen you run out of capacity to help others.

  • perfectionism

    High demands and expectations of yourself can drive and motivate, but they are also an enormous time thief. Perfectionism leaves you Hour after hour into every little detail stuck even though you should have completed the project long ago.

    Try to change your mindset: perfect perfection is almost never attainable. Good is perfectly adequate and it doesn't always have to be 150 percent. Learning to be satisfied with your own performance can eliminate the time stealer and save you a whole lot of time.

  • Lack of concentration

    You are working on a task, but your thoughts keep wandering. You just can't keep your focus long term. A time thief who has several facets. On the one hand, you need longer to complete a ToDo and do all of the related tasks. On the other hand make mistakes by lack of concentrationthat you have to touch up later - wasting time again.

    A common reason for lack of concentration is a lack of breaks and overwork. At some point, the head and body need relaxation, if this is not done, performance sinks. Remember take regular breaks throughout the dayto help you focus.

  • Procrastination

    I can do that later ...Procrastination - also known as procrastination - is an enormous time thief. Nothing gets done instead put everything on the back burner and at the end you are faced with a huge mountain of tasks that can no longer be mastered. First doing nothing and wasting time and then all at once, it just doesn't work.

    You can get this time thief under control by yourself set clear priorities and adhere to them. Take your tasks and projects in order, starting with the most important. Nothing is postponed, at most the priorities can change - then another task is done next.

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October 30, 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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