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Volume XXIV, Issue 9

Date: September 1, 2015 - 5 Ways to Finally Stop Wasting Your Time*

Dear Subscriber,

Below are simple steps (maybe not so simple to implement) to incorporate in your life -- watch out for the last one.

NO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GIVE UP FACEBOOK FOREVER. HERE'S HOW TO FIND OUT WHAT'S EATING YOUR TIME AND PUT A STOP TO IT.

Weíve all had days like this: After running late to work, we get caught by that chatty co-worker for a half-hour only to return to our desks to do some online research and end up down the YouTube rabbit hole. The morningís shot. Itís going to be another late night to make up for the lost time.

It doesnít have to be that way, says Gilbert, Arizona, time management expert and life coach Steve Chandler, author of Time Warrior--and you donít even have to swear off social media to gain back control. Mastering the hours in your day comes from a deeper level of understanding and confidence. Here are five ways to take back your time.

1. GET SOME DATA.

Track your time for a few days, noting how youíre spending your hours and on what tasks, Chandler says. And donít fudge the numbers. The only person to whom youíre accountable is you. As you begin to see how your days typically shape up, observe what really has to be done during the course of your day and what youíre doing because itís a habit or because someone asked you to take on a task, but it wasnít really necessary. Then, you have the insight to break patterns, he says.

2. GET THE INFORMATION YOU NEED.

Contrary to popular belief, Candy Crush isnít the biggest time-waster out there. The biggest issue is not being clear about what you have to do, says Maura Thomas, creator of RegainYourTime.com and author of Personal Productivity Secrets. When we donít have clear direction or information, we waste hours trying to figure out what weíre supposed to be doing during our day.

MOST OF OUR TIME-WASTERS RESULT FROM A COURAGE PROBLEM, NOT A TIME PROBLEM.

When you find yourself pausing, youíre more likely to procrastinate or avoid the task, while finding ways to distract yourself. Instead, when you find yourself stuck, get information from your manger, colleagues or other essential resources for greater clarity. If a task is so large itís hard to see where to begin, break it down into smaller steps that make more sense, she adds.

3. PRIORITIZE LIKE ITíS THE DAY BEFORE VACATION.

Think about your day as if you leave tomorrow on a long cruise with no Internet connection. What do you do? What do you delegate? What do you ditch? Suddenly, youíre hyper-aware and more efficient because the stakes are higher, Chandler says. Youíre not spending time on things that donít need to get done.

4. HONOR THE HABITS THAT WORK.

If your morning ritual is to grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and answer email and check in on Facebook, that may be what you need to do to ďwarm upĒ and ease into each day, Chandler says. Social media and other online activities are only problems if theyíre getting in the way of getting things done, he says. Be honest with yourself about how much time youíre spending there and whether itís a tool or a time-suck.

5. STOP PEOPLE-PLEASING.

Chandler says the biggest time waster of all is trying to please people at the expense of your own productivity. Attending meetings you donít need to attend, taking phone calls you donít need to take, and fielding tasks that donít need to be done all in an effort to get people to like you can eat hours out of every day, he says. Learn how to say ďnoĒ graciously without worrying that someone wonít like you, and youíll reclaim large blocks of time.

ďMost of our time-wasters result from a courage problem, not a time problem,Ē he says.

Regards,
Rosanne D’Ausilio

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*http://www.fastcompany.com/3026484/work-smart/5-ways-to-finally-stop-wasting-your-time?partner=newsletter