Sometimes it’s hard to see how seemingly trivial habits take away a huge amount of time that could be spent on really important things. See what habits are taking up your time and how to break free from them.
It makes waiting in a checkout line or a doctor’s office easier, and it makes the time pass faster on the bus or train. However, when you “sit” for hours on the phone at home, you can be sure that you will not manage to take care of what you have planned. There is one way out of this situation: limit the time you spend on social networks, set aside maximum time for checking emails and scrolling the web.
Talking on the phone
It’s not uncommon to have a phone conversation where one person needs to air their grievances while the other listens passively, not daring to interrupt. In this case, however, there is only one way out – you must openly say that you do not have time to talk on the phone, and if possible offer to meet face-to-face.
Eating with the TV on
With the TV on, you’re not only eating more than you need to, but you’re also spending not a quarter of an hour but an hour over your plate. If you find it difficult to eat in silence, put on some music – TV is eating up your time.
Shopping in big malls
If you have the opportunity to do your shopping close to home, it’s not worth it to go to the mall out of habit, wasting time getting there, walking from shelf to shelf, looking at the goods and standing in long lines. But the habit of shopping several days in advance will save you time. You won’t have to waste time every day traveling to the store.
What looks nice on a resume doesn’t necessarily work in practice. Switching between tasks is also a job that takes time away from you. As a result, you take longer to complete them than if you were to proceed one at a time. So use your superpower in emergency situations. And on a daily basis, choose single-tasking – you’ll avoid stress and distraction.
Complicate simple things
Even routine day-to-day tasks are done too conscientiously, and you reject obvious solutions in an attempt to be original. You spend too much time on details, striving for perfection. However, all this is not worth the effort, you are only wasting your time and energy, which you will lack for the really important things
When you are doing a task, think about its real meaning. This will help you stop fooling yourself. It is a different matter if with your excessive pietism you are trying to put off an unpleasant task for later. If that’s the case, get to it sooner rather than later!
Too tight a schedule
You’ve worked out all the things you need to do and you’re proud of yourself – but only for a while. It quickly turns out that you haven’t properly estimated the time needed to complete a particular task. What’s more, new ongoing tasks are added to your list which you couldn’t have planned. As a result, you waste a lot of time modifying your daily schedule due to urgent activities and deadlines
To avoid this, plan fewer things to make sure you can get everything done in time. Leave blank spaces in your calendar for unforeseen emergencies.
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