You've probably heard that 20 percent of the activity is 80 percent of your success. This means that 80 percent of your activities are of little value, if not to say, a waste of time. If you want to improve your success, you have two options - either find more time in a day or eliminate “useless” activity.
The problem is that lots of the unnecessary things that you do become a habit - what you do without thinking. Habits are difficult to fight with, but you can replace them with new ones. When you replace bad habits with activities focused on those significant 20 percent, you will find yourself more successful in the same amount.
Below are seven habits that steal your time and that need to be cut off from your lives.
1. Constant e-mail checking
In 2013, 32% of US employees reported that they respond to emails within 15 minutes of receipt. Another 23% - within 30 minutes.
A constant email checking costs us tons of precious time, but we can control it! Create a new habit: turn notification of new emails off while you are working on an important project or check new messages only twice a day.
You will save time and be more productive.
2. Expecting everything to be perfect
A sad reality: perfectionism can paralyze you. Instead of performing tasks efficiently, you end up spending a huge amount of time trying to improve things that are just an intermediate step in success. This stealing habit can be a sign of unwillingness to take new steps in achieving the goal. Better do "good", not "perfect" and go on.
This makes you less productive. Your brain can focus only on one thing at a time, and a constant switch to different tasks, makes your brain focus on nothing . If you find yourself switching between tasks and can not stop at one task at a time, understand that you are hurting your performance and wasting time. Instead, focus on one task for a certain period of time before moving on to the next.
4. Frequent breaks
Are you inclined to be constantly distracted at work? One study showed that workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. No wonder we can’t do anything! Do not allow people to distract you with letters, calls, when you are trying to focus on something else.
This will help you to focus and teach you how to eliminate distractions. Try setting the status "busy", close the door and turn the notifications on your phone off.
The habit of working in unorganized chaos is also the main time waster. The constant loss of important documents, repeated requests for key information, and the inability to complete the task until the last minute - all this is a huge waste of time. Clean your desk, computer, systematically arrange the documents.
6. Inability to delegate
Many people want to do everything by themselves, but the refusal to delegate power can have unpleasant consequences. It's a waste of time - doing things that you're not a pro at. Instead, delegate these tasks to others - someone from the team, assistant or virtual assistant - and focus on the responsibilities and projects that are within your power.
7. Inability to say "No"
Inability to say "no" affects the productivity of your key projects. Whether you need to say "no" to an additional work assignment, or to unproductive personal activities, it is important to establish clear boundaries. Be sure that vital projects are carried out during the working day, and then relax in your spare time.