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8 Secret Time-Wasters and How to Overcome Them

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8 Secret Time-Wasters and How to Overcome Them

The most productive folks always look straight ahead to complete their most important tasks for the day and larger overreaching goals.


  • Talking too long on the phone
  • Too frequently browsing social media sites
  • Incessantly preparing and not taking action
  • Failing to say no to unrelated tasks
  • Failing to ask for help or follow directions
  • Waiting until late in the day to do tasks
  • Having a disorganized office
  • Focusing on smaller, less important tasks


  • Schedule phone calls with end times when possible
  • Set a time limit for non-task-related Internet browsing
  • Map or outline your most pressing task
  • Make a short daily to-do list and say no to tasks not on that list
  • Set deadlines and alarms for you to complete tasks
  • Close your Internet browser or unrelated windows to avoid distraction
  • Set your Chat status to “Busy” or go offline
  • Place your phone on “Do Not Disturb”

Life is for living. So start living today.