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Wasting time: Meetings with no agenda

Wasting time: Meetings with no agenda

Not all meetings are a waste of time, but meetings tend to take a lot of time, so it’s crucial to ensure that the meetings you call are worth everyone’s time. You can do this by setting a clear goal or agenda.

Without a guiding agenda, a meeting is just people talking—and it’s possible you’ve sat through many such meetings yourself.


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Busywork is work that seems productive but only serves to keep you busy. For example, you’re trying to show that you’re a hard worker and end up doing something that is of little value to the company but keeps you occupied.

Busywork has many causes, but the result...


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Poor communication

Poor communication

Poor communication can negatively impact a business, but even on top of these numbers, any failure in communication is also a waste of time.

You not only have to account for the time lost based on poorly communicated plans, but you also have to communicate again to correct...


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Possible scenario: you go to a coffee shop to work but end up not doing any work at all. Or perhaps you decide to rent a spot at a coworking space and end up researching nearby co-working spaces for hours.

These distractions from work, no matter how seemingly trivial or distantly r...


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Administrative work that could be delegated elsewhere

If you have far more important things to do but are laboring away at administrative tasks that could be delegated elsewhere, you might have fallen victim to a time waster. 

You may feel like you’re really working—but if there’s a better way to spend your time and another em...


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Wasting time: Forever planning

Most of the time, planning is a great way to avoid wasting time. But there comes a point when it’s possible to overdo the planning process. Because it is possible to overengineer a system or a strategy to do more than you set out to do, increasing the complexity of the plan but n...


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Constant notifications

Constant notifications

Push notifications are interruptions, and interruptions are time wasters. It takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the original task after an interruption.

What’s worse is that push notifications are not just any interruptions; they’re appeali...


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Wasting time: Procrastination

By definition, procrastinating means that you’re avoiding a difficult task—likely in favor of an activity that provides more instant gratification.

But it’s not just the fact that you’re not working that makes procrastination a waste of time. It’s also the fact that often,


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Nobody can truly do two things simultaneously and well. It makes us slower and less efficient.

This is because what we think of as multitasking is often just really fast toggling between one task and another. And ultimately, all we end up doing is wasting time.


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Routines are boring, but efficient. I love them because of it.

Everyone is vulnerable to wasting time. The good news is that once you’ve pinpointed the culprit, you can take steps to avoid it.

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