The 5 Major Time Wasters
From the Fall 1999 issue of Hopes & Dreams, newsletter of the Illinois Chapter, Huntington's Disease Society of America.
Spreading yourself too thin by trying to do too many things at once.
Suggestion: You must set priorities for each day and, if necessary, each hour. Get the most important things done first.
Being afraid to delegate.
Suggestion: Convince yourself that it's not necessary to do everything yourself. You can still be certain things are being done the way you want them to be when you delegate.
Not wanting to say "no" to requests.
Suggestion: You can't say "yes" to everything without getting in over your head. Decide what you must do - and want to do - and say "no" to all other requests.
Being tied to the phone.
Suggestion: Have others screen your calls. Use an answering machine when you don't want to be disturbed. Schedule a telephone hour to return calls.
Suggestion: Get those unpleasant chores done first - if they're important. Divide large tasks into smaller ones. Reward yourself when you accomplish something.
Reprinted with permission from the copyright holder Dr. Jan Yager who is a sociologist, management consultant, and author of Creative Time Management for the New Millennium (Hannacroix Creek Books, 1999). http://www.JanYager.com
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Created: Oct. 9, 1999
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