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How Much Time Do You Waste Each Day?


How do you spend the hours of your day?

If you are like most people out there, you really don’t have much of an idea of where all of that time goes. You spend hours on various projects at work, and the pace of life seems to keep getting faster. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and not know exactly where all of your time is going and why you aren’t completing your projects.

It happens to the best of us. However, we do not have to let the hectic world control us. You have the power to make changes in your life.

With a bit of forethought and some good time management skills, it is possible to get a better handle on just how and where you spend your time. One of the biggest boons of the modern age is all of the technology we have at our disposal. The technology makes it far easier for people to communicate with one another, and it should make it easier to get work done. Of course, we all know that the technology we know and love can be a detriment as well. The Internet, our smartphones and tablets, and other gadgets and devices contribute to sucking away our time since they can be distractions.

It’s important to find a way to balance the way that we use our time, and that we know where that time goes. One of the best ways to do that is with the use of time tracking tools and other techniques. Here are some tips and tricks to help you eliminate the amount of time that you waste throughout the day.

Create a Schedule

One of the biggest problems that people have is making and adhering to schedules, and it can actually be somewhat difficult for those who are not accustomed to them. Make a list of the things that you need to accomplish on a daily basis, as well as all of the larger projects that you have to work on through the day or the week. Determine when each of the tasks needs to be complete. When you have the schedule, go through your day or week as you normally would, except make a note of every time you are doing something that you shouldn’t be, or that is wasting your time. Time tracking software is ideal for this.

Eliminate Useless Time Wasters

Everyone likes to play on the Internet and on the phone. They can provide positive distractions, such as when you are waiting at the dentist’s office or waiting for an oil change for your vehicle. Yet, many people are using those devices when they are supposed to be working. This causes them to fall behind in their work or special projects and it severely limits their productivity. This is true of solo entrepreneurs working at home, those working in manufacturing, in offices, and everyone who has access to those distracting devices.

You can use the devices when you actually have some free time, not while at work. Getting out of the habit of picking up the phone or visiting your favorite social networking site every time that you see a computer might be difficult at first, but you can get over the incessant need to be online.

Even email can get in the way at times. If you are checking your email every fifteen minutes or even every hour, it can be a huge distraction. Instead of letting email waste your time, check it only three times per day – in the morning, the afternoon, and before leaving work. Of course, this depends on your vocation. You may be able to get away with checking the email only once or twice a day. Those who have frequent contact with clients or customers through email though may find that they need to check a bit more often. A good way to make sure it does not become a time waster though is to limit how often you check it.

Consider other time wasters as well, including television. Sitting in front of the television for a couple of hours each evening is a massive waste of time for people. By cutting out some of your daily television time, you could save hours each week. This could give you more time to spend on the hobbies you love, to complete some home projects, or to spend quality time with friends and family.

Use a Time Tracker

One of the best ways to create a schedule and to get on top of all the projects you have – at work and at home – is with the use of a time tracking device or application. They will allow you to know exactly where you are spending your time each day and make it easier for you to stay on task as much as possible. This eliminates the amount of wasted time in the day, and it can help you note the places where you are spending far too much time, such as email or the social networks.

While some types of technology can certainly be a distraction, time trackers can help you get back on track. Just make sure you are using quality trackers that can really give you an accurate picture of how much time you’ve wasted.

When you note the time you are wasting, you will want to initiate changes that will help you to eliminate it and to become more productive. You need to take a proactive and disciplined stance if you plan to do this though, and you need to be committed to making a change. It’s very easy to fall into the same time wasting traps.

Enjoy Your Extra Time

You need some downtime, and the best place to find it is with all of that wasted time throughout the day. When you track your time and see where you are wasting it, you will find that you can make corrections to your schedule to eliminate it. Doing so will help you start getting more out of your life, or at least providing you with a bit more time so you can enjoy it! Take a walk, spend time with your family, or get some more exercise.

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