Over the years, I have modified this list of time killers to include new techniques and technology. For years, I taught the original list of 13 to my managers. Now, I teach this modified list to my clients and workshop participants. None of us can afford to waste time, since we always have less of it each minute we live. Unfortunately, the clock is winding down, not up and we need to make sure we invest our time wisely.
In many cases with the time killers below, we end up spending more and more time each time we use one or more of them.
You might even be able to add to or improve upon my list.
1. Interruption by others
2. Inability to say NO
3. Unrealistic deadlines
4. Lack of privacy
5. Interruption by phone or smart phone
7. Searching for mis-handled materials
9. Fatigue & Stress
11. E-mails, cards, letters & reports
12. Badly handled meetings
13. Not knowing how, when or where to communicate
14. Path of least resistance
15. Failure to delegate