Time wasters that kill pro­duc­tiv­ity

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

THERE is only a cer­tain amount of time dur­ing the day to fin­ish tasks but no mat­ter what we do, it seems that time is never enough. Some­times at the end of the day, we ac­com­plish noth­ing and feel un­pro­duc­tive. But maybe, the rea­son of it is not the time. It is be­cause we are us­ing our time in­ef­fi­ciently. There­fore, in or­der to spend the day more mean­ing­fully and achieve goals, stay away from below. 1. So­cial Me­dia So­cial me­dia can kill your pro­duc­tiv­ity at work, un­less you are re­spon­si­ble run­ning your com­pany’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts. So­cial me­dia is very use­ful if you want to net­work, con­nect with old friends or fol­low the re­cent trends but if you don’t have a pur­pose and just want some gos­sip about the peo­ple you know, then so­cial me­dia is a big time waster. If you want to look at your per­sonal so­cial me­dia ac­counts, do it on your cof­fee or lunch break or on your com­mute with pub­lic trans­porta­tion. 2. Meet­ings Last minute meet­ings or meet­ings with­out agen­das can be big time wasters and pre­vent you from do­ing your real work. Think about the meet­ings you have at­tended dur­ing the week. How many of them were re­ally nec­es­sary? Prob­a­bly only a few. There­fore, you need to learn to say “No” to un­nec­es­sary meet­ings and fo­cus on your real tasks that need to be fin­ished. Also, you can solve some of the prob­lems with a quick phone call or group chat; you don’t need a meet­ing for ev­ery sin­gle prob­lem. 3. Emails The email mes­sage that is pop­ping up on your com­puter screen can cre­ate ur­gency for many to check their in­boxes con­stantly. Check­ing your emails fre­quently can make you waste your time, since you need to re­fo­cus on the task that you have been work­ing on. Un­less you are truly wait­ing for an im­por­tant email, you should sched­ule spe­cific times to check your emails such as at the morn­ing, af­ter lunch and in the af­ter­noon. The same holds for your smart phone mes­sages and voice­mail as well. 4. Mul­ti­task­ing In­ter­est­ing but yes, mul­ti­task­ing kills pro­duc­tiv­ity. Let’s look at the sit­u­a­tion with an ex­am­ple. If you are work­ing on your emails at the same time you are work­ing on your real work, then it will take you more time to com­plete both of them com­pared to work­ing on them oneby-one. As a re­sult, you will waste your time. The rea­son of this is that multi-task­ing di­vides your at­ten­tion be­tween tasks and since each task gets less at­ten­tion, you need more time to fin­ish them. Work on one task at a time and move on to the next one when you are done. — En­tre­pre­neur

Multi-task­ing di­vides your at­ten­tion be­tween tasks and since each task gets less at­ten­tion.

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