I have been learning a lot lately about time. Especially how I manage the time that I have been given. We are all given an amount of time. Each of us has 24 hours each day to use as we please. Or as our boss pleases. Or our spouse. But I digress…
How you spend your time each day has an amazing impact on not just you, but everyone around you. Your family, co-workers, and even complete strangers. Since we only have a specified, limited amount of time available, we had better learn to use it wisely.
One of the things I am learning is that there are many things that can waste our time. Some are things that we bring on ourselves. Some are not. All time wasters are things we can control, however.
One of the biggest time wasters I have become aware of is people who waste time. Have you ever noticed that person in your office who always wants to just sit and talk? Or the one who wants you to come watch a video on his computer? Or the person who seems to always have plenty of time to just do nothing?
Don’t get me wrong. I do not have any particular people in mind so don’t even go there.
And there is nothing wrong with taking a little break once in a while, catching up on what’s going on, and being friendly. But there is a time and place for everything.
Gently communicate to others that you appreciate their friendship and you are concerned about them but you really have to get your work done. Don’t tell them that you have more important things to do or that you don’t have time for them. Schedule that kind of interaction into your day. You will find that not only will you be more productive, so will those around you.