What do I mean by a time waster? Do you start something but don’t finish it? Do you procrastinate getting started? When you talk with someone, are you fully listening?
See, time wasting is not just about LaDeeDa-ing around and lying on the couch watching TV when there are things to be done.
It happens also when you leave things in various states of completion or really, non-completion. Oftentimes you spend a lot of time thinking about getting something done. However, when you finally do pick it back up again, you have to spend time figuring out where you left off and what you need to do to finish it. Hence, why not completing things is a time waster.
Of course, when you put things off that you need to do and race around close to the deadline to complete it, you waste your energy. Plus you waste your time because, more often than not, you will need to re-do it because when in a rush things never go as you think they will. You may also feel guilty because you didn’t give it the time and attention it really needed in the first place.
Another time waster that isn’t so straightforward is when you don’t fully listen to another person when they are speaking. Take a husband and wife for example. Looking forward to a lovely evening together, they are having a discussion about the next day. The wife asks the husband what his day looks like and he tells her, only she doesn’t listen because she’s doing something else. Then five minutes later she asks him the same question again. He looks at her incredulous and says “I just told you” and then gets upset because she didn’t listen. Well, first she wasted both her time and his, but unfortunately a bit of an argument may ensue and what is now wasted is the lovely evening together.
So the next time you find yourself in any of these situations — or others where you know you are being a time waster (because you know when you are doing it) – STOP. Ask yourself what you can you do to complete this now so that you can have more time later? Remind yourself to be in the moment and give whatever you are doing your full attention.
Say goodbye to being a time waster and hello to being a time keeper!
Author Bio: Kim Ravida, ACC, ELI-MP is the owner and founder of Kim Ravida Coaching. Kim is a Certified Profit First Professional and Small Business Secret Weapon Coach™. She helps women in business take a customized approach to create a business that fits their lifestyle, seeing a monthly profit and operating from a position of confidence so that they experience more success and less stress.
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