Ever poured yourself a cup of coffee, sat down at the computer, and suddenly lost 2 hours of your day? If so, you are not alone. It’s very easy to get Shiny Object Syndrome or lost in the World Wide Web without realizing it. You probably have a few time-wasters that are unique to you and only you, but it’s also your job to uncover them and take back control of your day.
This sounds a little lame, but one very good way to uncover your time-wasters is to keep a log of everything you do every day for the next week or so. To do this, stop every half hour and record EVERYTHING you did in the previous 30 minutes. Make note of the times you felt pulled away from your work or what it was that caused you to lose focus as well.
This exercise might help uncover time wasters such as:
Daydreaming. You might be reading something and a page or two later you realize you have NO idea what you just read. Who hasn’t heard their favorite song on the radio and “zoned out” for a moment? Or maybe you’re about to write something, but you end up staring at the blank screen, daydreaming.
Physical Distractions: Getting distracted by something trivial and then feeling the need to “fix” it. For example, if your chair squeaks, you might find yourself running off to get oil to fix it. Or getting visually distracted, such as when you look out the window and see cats fighting in your yard or the neighbors walking past.
Sensory Distractions: Feeling restless or uncomfortable can be very distracting. That outfit might be new and gorgeous, but if it’s “scratchy” or confining feeling it could be undermining your concentration. Another sensory distraction could be temperature-induced discomfort as well. Is your work area too hot? To cold?
Random Thoughts: Remembering suddenly that you have something even more urgent to do, like pay the phone bill or set up an appointment. Instead of making a note of these things and doing them all at once, you waste time by breaking your focus to do them at the exact moment you think about it.
These are just a few examples but obviously there could be other things that are derailing your work habits. Chances are you’ll uncover more own time-wasters that aren’t on this list as time goes on, but the key here it to pinpoint problems and then take steps to address and correct them. Before you know it, you will be back-on-track to a super productive work day!
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