Emails and meetings aren’t really time wasters if you work on a team. I found that I was personally more productive when I worked by myself and did everything myself. Now that I work on a team, I spend more time in meetings and writing emails, and I am thus less productive personally. But the team is way more productive (and does better work) than I did by myself.
One of my biggest time killers is trying to decipher infographics.
Is it ironic that I found this while procrastinating by surfing the internet? Well, time to check email.
I have always loved Stephen Covey’s approach of putting first things first (from “7 Habits of Highly Effective People). When we do what is most central to our hearts FIRST, time usually expands and the other things somehow take care of themselves. “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” — Goethe –
I try to structure my day where I write first and handle all other things later. I schedule my people work to start later in the day. And I try to limit email time to specific hours when possible. I don’t like to use my best brain power on email. It’s a waste of resource. And I find physical activity helps reboot the computer and creativity. Keeps me grounded – along with prayer and meditation.
How ironic that I violated #2 & #8 in reading this fascinating and informative post!
I also don’t find e-mails and web-surfing a waste of time, unless keeping in touch with people and educating oneself is a waste. Now, I can understand web-surfing to mindless funny pet videos a waste of time, but many of us don’t do that! So I wonder what the context of this graph is? “On the job” time wasters? “When you have the energy to do other things” time wasters? I am here, admittedly now wasting time–but my brain needs a break. At this moment, I’m not going to solve the problem of how to achieve world peace no matter whether the internet is shut down or not.
They say 25% spend 3-4 hours a day tracking other people’s time. 15% spend 2-3 hours more on creating Infographics about how other people spend their time.
Sorry. I couldn’t resist wasting my time on writing that. 😉