I Lost It!

On August 21st, 2013, posted in: BIZ-TIP, Productivity by 2 Comments

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll take a few minutes and do this…” It might be check out Facebook, look at a magazine, or peruse a catalog. The next thing you know it an hour later! You’ve now lost an hour of productivity.

I’m not suggesting you give up Facebook, magazines and catalogs. That would be way too hard. Here is a suggestion that will save you from overextending your stay in those activities. It’s almost too simple, but it works: Decide how much time you have available right now and set a timer. Use a smart phone app or an inexpensive kitchen timer. 15 minutes is a good number. If when the timer goes off you’re in the middle of an article or a post, reset the timer for another 5, 10 or 15 minutes, depending on your schedule.

It’s the awareness of how much time you’ve spent that’s important. Time is precious and once it’s gone, it is gone forever. Those minutes and hours add up and equal your life. I hope you didn’t lose an hour today like I did to a travel catalog “with over 100 new items!” Make it a great and productive day!!

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2 Responses to I Lost It!
  1. I know I’m weird but that’s been a blessing since before I was in Kindergarten. I do not and never plan on having a Facebook account so I don’t loose time there. I try to receive all my periodicals in paper form and put them in a stack (newest at the bottom) to read when I’m not interested in watching the programs others in the household have chosen. I only read online or in paper form docs immediately when they pertain to the immediate issue I’m working on and these doc are usually E-mail responses to a question I sent to a forum that has members that are knowledgeable on the subject matter. But yes there are times when I go though E-mail from these forums that are responses to other’s questions I do occasionally find myself reviewing these E-mails and realizing time has been eaten up. So I do my best to review the subject line of these and only read the ones that seem to be the most immediate which means that sometimes I am the one responding as it is only to share with others as they are willing to share with me. I recognize that there are times where drifting and loosing time is eating into my day but I try to keep it to a minimum.

  2. Bob, congratulations! It sounds like you’re aware when you’re “drifting” and awareness is the first step to remedying the situation. Carolyn


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