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SOME COMMON TIME WASTERS
1. Telephone Interruptions 2. Drop-in Visitors 3. Meetings 4. Crisis Management 5. Lack of Objectives, Priorities a Daily plan 6. Cluttered Desk, Personal Disorganisation. 7. Ineffective Delegation 8. Attempting too Much at Once 9. Lack of Clear Communication 10. Inadequate, Inaccurate Delayed Information 11. Indecision and Procrastination 12. Confused Responsibility and Authority. 13. Inability to Say "No". 14. Leaving Tasks Unfinished 15. Lack of Self-Discipline
MORE COMMON TIME WASTERS (IN RANK)
1. Planning (lack of).
2. Priorities (lack of)
3. Telephone interruptions
4. Disorganisation/cluttered desk
7. Lack of Self Discipline
8. Ineffective delegation
9. Attempting too much
10. Inability to say 'No'
TIME TIPS FOR THE BUSY
Get news only once a day - in only one form - read paper or watch television or listen to radio, but vary form so you don't get news through one bias. Don't worry about or spend time on things irrelevant to you, eg.. reading every bit of newspaper.
Unless it is crucial for your business, news is not only depressing (don't worry about it, unless you can do something about it), but it gives a distorted picture of life.
If you can't sleep, don't waste time lying in bed. Get up and do something.
Use an answer phone.
Walk out of a poor movie or show. You've already wasted money - so don't waste time as well.
Plan your leisure. Don't expect your free time to fall into place by itself. Plan your weekends as carefully as you plan your weeks...and it's OK to do nothing.
PLANNING is key. Make a conscious decision to plan more. Most people's lives are too busy to think clearly about what they really want out of life, yet I believe we can do our "best" thinking whilst relaxing (like when walking or jogging)
Trust your instincts and BELIEVE in YOURSELF
If you have will, you Do have Power to change any aspect of your life...so,
WHEN YOU TAKE CONTROL OF TIME, YOU TAKE CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.
Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of time management, as well as in the field of self help. My various books* are available from: http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/books.html and http://www.novelty-gift.com/