First, identify what’s important in your life and make sure it truly reflects your priorities. Next, draw firm boundaries so that you can devote quality time to these highpriority people and activities. From there, it will be easier to determine what needs to be trimmed from the schedule.
If e-mail or web surfing sends you into a time-wasting spiral, establish rules to keep you on task. That may mean turning off e-mail notifications and replying in batches during limited times each day. If you’re mindlessly surfing websites when you should be getting work done, try using productivity software like Freedom, Leech Block or Rescue Time – they can help you to block distracting websites and track your computer activities.
At the same time, find ways to diplomatically limit your interactions with less constructive people.