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How to Be More Productive at Work 2010-02-24 12:00:15

Wednesday Check-In: Identify Your Biggest Time Waster

Just like we all need to figure out what our spending style is to get our budgets on track, we've got to identify our biggest time wasters before we can kick our time-wasting habits. I think we're all familiar with the feeling — it's already Wednesday, and we're halfway through the week but maybe not quite halfway through our to-do list. Activities in our lives run the gamut of must-do, from work and errands to activities for personal health, wellness, and improvement. While grabbing groceries is clearly a necessity, so are personal activities that benefit our mental wellness — things like working out, keeping in touch with friends and family, even staying organized.

We typically make time in our schedules for work, but if you're finding that making time for health and self-improvement is slipping away, tap into how you're really spending your time at work and when you get home. Are you wasting hours in front of the TV when you had planned to spend a little time with your taxes? Tune in to what you have on your plate and, even more importantly, what you'd like to make time for on your plate. Recognize that it's important to allow yourself some time for relaxation, but also recognize when that time is really procrastination. The key is to pinpoint exactly what you'd like or need to be doing during your downtime. Identifying the time-waster will help declutter your time and free up your schedule for the more important, meaningful tasks. All it takes is some self-awareness and a little self-discipline to shift your focus and take back control. What's your biggest time waster?

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