It’s very easy to lose time while you’re in the office. At one moment, it’s seven in the morning and work is starting out and before you know it, it’s five and it’s time to go home. What happened between seven and five? Can you account for the hours spent and show satisfactory results? The answer lies in knowing the difference between being “busy” and being “productive”. You can be busy and still achieve no results at the end of the day. In the same light, you can be busy + productive and have the results to prove it at the end of the day.
We have identified six time wasters in the workplace that will have you believing you’re going somewhere yet you’re going nowhere slowly, if at all.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to produce perfect results. In fact, it is highly recommended because it shows that you went out of your way to put extra effort in your task. However, the danger in that is that you waste a lot of time planning and preparing instead of executing. The outcome of this will be delayed results and frankly speaking, when you’re late in delivering, that is all that your colleagues are most likely to remember no matter how perfect the end result is: you were late. Just do it. The purpose of the first try is to get it done. Corrections and perfecting the task come after. Don’t wait till something is perfect. Remember, done is better than perfect (Facebook motto).
If you are under the umbrella of those people who like to start a new project or task before the present one has been completed – big mistake. The most likely result is a deskful of unfinished tasks and a most likely bad reputation for never finishing tasks hanging over your head. The pick-and-drop syndrome keeps you “busy” because while you think you have covered a lot of ground, in actual fact, you haven’t been productive at all. No results, just more work and very little time to spare when those deadlines come knocking on your door. Make the decision today: it’s either you complete the task or let it go completely until you can devote your full attention to it.
Waiting for inspiration
Waiting for inspiration is a thing. There are times when you are so uninspired that you have no energy or the brainpower to tackle a project. That’s when you are most likely to think of the “brilliant idea” to wait till inspiration strikes. Again – big mistake. Inspiration doesn’t strike from nowhere. It meets you while you’re throwing ideas around. Yes, those ideas that you think are worthless and won’t amount to anything are the same ideas that will inspire the next big one. New ideas result from persistence, consistency and exercise. Waiting for inspiration is like waiting for the rain in a drought – it’s not coming!
To be continued…