Dealing with Time Wasters

Even when you have carefully laid out your plans, a lot of the time tasks and activities don’t still don’t get completed when they should and the day seems to run away with us. One of the principal reasons for this is the inability to deal with time wasters . The four tips below will help you to identify and manage your time wasters more efficiently.

Identify any time wasting factors

Sit down and have a serious think about everything that could constitute a time-waster. Write down each of the time-wasters you have identified on the top of a new page. Think about things like interruptions, dealing with email, time spent on social media etc.

Make note of the problems associated with each time waster

Think about the negative results of each time-waster. Do you always feel guilty about any unfinished work? Do you feel increasingly stressed because of this? Do you have a reputation for being slow or late in executing your tasks? Do your time-wasters mean you have to spend more time at work or take longer to get tasks finished?

Think about the benefits of conquering each time waster

Imagine how things would be if you were able to conquer each of the time-wasters in your daily working life. How would your office or desk look? How would you feel at the end of the day when you could finish on time? What would your family/colleagues/staff/superiors think of you if you were able to change?

Outline the steps you will take to do this

Think how you would go about dealing with these time wasters and achieving better time management. What do you need to do first? Perhaps you are going to start planning each day, outlining the tasks or duties you need to tackle first. Or perhaps you will arrange your projects into more manageable tasks so they do not seem so impossible to complete, perhaps even learn to say No.


Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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7 thoughts on “Dealing with Time Wasters

  1. I’m queen at time-wasting… So, I now have my little routines. Emails are checked end of day not the morning, so I don’t get distracted. Interruptions are a biggy, especially working from home. If I am busy, I’ll politely ask clients to either call again at a set time or put everything in an email and I’ll call back later. Family get a terse, “Are you dead or injured? If not I don’t need to know right now!” 🙂

  2. The good thing about being retired is that you can use all the time you want to get things done. However, I still need to edit my books and maybe start a fresh one. I hope sicial media time will increase my presence, wo that wouldn’t be wasted.

  3. Great blog. If people sat down and kept track of where their time is spent, they would be amazed. Fabulous idea!

  4. Where does watching Villa sit in the time wasting arena? Little joke there…

    Nice tips here about actually making a decision to deal with the issues – most of us know and accept the problem but don’t actively do anything to solve it!