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How many of these 20 time-wasters are part of your day?

by Tris Hussey on December 27th, 2006

Ian Mackenize is going a series on the top 20 time wasters at work.  How many of these are on your list?  Which of these are the worst for you?  Me, it’s 4, 7, 9, 10, and 15.  Sometimes I just sit here spinning my wheels and think, maybe I’ll read my feeds again or what’s hot on Techmeme or TailRank.  Usually I just need to close the IM windows, get the posts ready to write, and plow through them (kinda like right now).  So take a look at the list and …

  1. Management by Crisis
  2. Telephone Interruptions
  3. Inadequate Planning
  4. Attempting Too Much
  5. Drop-in Visitors
  6. Ineffective Delegation
  7. Personal Disorganization
  8. Lack of Self Discipline
  9. Inability to Say “No”
  10. Procrastination
  11. Meetings
  12. Paper Work
  13. Unfinished Tasks
  14. Inadequate Staff
  15. Socializing
  16. Confused Authority
  17. Poor Communication
  18. Inadequate Controls
  19. Incomplete Information
  20. Travel

Let’s all try to read the series …

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2 opinions for How many of these 20 time-wasters are part of your day?

  • Siddharth Thakkar
    Dec 29, 2020 at 1:13 pm


    Lemme see…

    I’d say almost all of these on the list affect my productivity. Now, the interesting thing is that No. 14 affects my work in multiple ways. Indequate staffing due to various reasons means increased workload at my workplace thereby increased stress levels. This affects productivity too.

    No matter how hard I try, managing teams with inadequate resources seems tough to me. Then again, someone has to do it.

    However, I’d say No. 1, 4, 5, 9, 14 are the biggest hurdles that affect my productivity at work. I’m trying hard to be more efficient and thus remove No. 4, but somehow everyone wants me to solve their problems. It gets tough once people start expecting things out of you at work and that are not a part of your current role.

  • Rico
    Jan 3, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Oh, don’t get me started about #8 and #10.

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