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How To Fight Time Wasters That Kill Your Productivity

By January 28, 2016March 6th, 2023Blog, Technology News

how_to_fight_time_wasters_115620_213712Are you as productive as you could be? Do you feel as though you’ve got plenty of time to get everything done? If so, then give yourself a pat on the back. You’re in a tiny minority. For the rest of us, we’d love to squeeze another hour or two out of every day. Fortunately, there are ways you can do just that. Here are some of the biggest time waster’s in most people’s day, and how to defeat them:

Your Email, and You

For most people, email is the single biggest time sink in the day. It’s just so easy to get lost in your inbox. You probably get upwards of a hundred emails a day, and if there’s an unopened message in your box, you feel as though you’re letting someone down by not responding. That’s what creates the false sense of urgency and the need to constantly check it.

Get out of that habit. Set aside twenty minutes, three times a day for checking and responding to email. For the rest of the day, close out of it, don’t look at it, and don’t think about it.

Your Cell

Smartphones are fantastic creations, but they also increasingly chain us to our work. How many times does your smartphone beep or chirp during the course of the day? Dozens? Scores? And when it does, you probably reflexively reach for it to see what’s up. Before you know it, you’ve spent ten or fifteen minutes texting, reading, or responding in some form or fashion.

Don’t do it. Get out of the habit. If you have to, turn your phone off for long stretches of the day so you can focus on the stuff that really matters.

Social Media

The best policy here is don’t even go to those sites during the day. If you do, then in the blink of an eye, an hour or more is gone and you’re left wondering where the time went.

Finally, let’s close out this discussion by saying a quick word about multitasking. Most people do it because it makes them feel like they’re accomplishing more, but more often than not, you’re actually less productive when you try to do multiple things at once, so get out of that habit too. Focus on one task at a time, knock it down, and then move onto the next.

If you put all of these ideas into practice, starting today, you can easily find yourself with an hour or more, every single day. That’s huge.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.