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How to Waste Time at Work- Effectively

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People waste time at work. We all do it. We all have those days when we sit down in front of the to-do list, sigh, and spend more time scrolling Facebook updates. According to this article from LibGig, the average employee wastes 2 hours of paid time a day. This does not include lunch. That is a lot of time! I tend to believe that people waste time when they are overwhelmed by a task, or bored. This low energy can be frustrating, not to mention get you behind the 8 ball. Here are my handy tips about how to get through a period of low energy.

  1. Find something you want to do. Do it. Set a time limit, 30 minutes maximum but ideally more like 10.
  2. When time is up, accomplish 1 item on your to-do list. You may choose the shortest, easiest item on that list. That’s ok- just get that 1 thing done.
  3. When you have accomplished the 1 item, find something you want to do. Do it. Set a time limit, 30 minutes or less.
  4. When time is up, accomplish 1 item on your to-do list. You may be sensing your energy beginning to rise. If you want to accomplish 2 things before finding something else that is fun to do, go ahead.
  5. When you have accomplished the 1 item, find something you want to do. Do it. Set a time limit, 30 minutes or less.
  6. When time is up, accomplish 1 item on your to-do list. You may be feeling a bit tired of doing the “fun” things, and more interested in checking more things off that list. Go with it.
  7. Sense a pattern here? Repeat all steps until your energy has returned and you are in turbo work mode!

Trust me, this works. It may seem like you are wasting even more time but the opposite is true.

Any other ideas out there?  I’d love to hear your tips or thoughts on what works for you.

Jan

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