How often does someone enter your room to judge you each day? Would it really make a difference if they did?
“The average office worker spends 50 minutes each day looking for lost files and other items.”
You may or may not care, but whoever is signing your paycheck probably will!
“The average person spends 3 years of their life on the toilet.”
I picked up these three quotes in less than 20 minutes this morning. All 3 quotes came from an app on my son’s iTouch called Cool Facts. Combined, these activities may represent 5 years of your life; wasted. OK, maybe the last one isn’t entirely a waste :-). Take a moment and think about all the things that take time out of your life, but add no value.
It is a wonder that we can accomplish as much as we do each year.
Too often the power to eliminate the wasted time in our life is within our reach. Have you ever really take made the effort to consider how much time you waste? For most, a few minutes of reflection will raise the most obvious, likely including those listed above. What about other opportunities?
Bulk Opportunities –
Where and what do you spend large blocks of time on? – Are there opportunities to more effectively use these blocks?
- Beyond the Television, time in front of a PC or video game can easily become excessive. Entertainment is an important part of a fulfilling life but certainly some of this time could be better spend on more valuable activities.
- Are you a gym rat? How much time is really spent burning the fat versus getting there and getting ready? Is it time to rethink your strategy?
- Socializing can be another huge time sink. I don’t suggest we blow off our friends, I only suggest that we be strategic about it.
Repetitive Activities –
What activities do you repeat routinely? – Are there opportunities to complete these more efficiently?
- Is your kitchen really organized for efficiency or do you spend a lot of time walking back and forth?
- Are forms, reports and files organized in your desk or filing cabinet for easy location and retrieval?
- Do you and your better half fight over the bathroom while grooming? Is there an opportunity for either to streamline their process?
Total Wasted Time –
Where and when is your time completely wasted? Is there a way to more effectively use this time?
- Waiting – Through the course of the year you will waste a lot of time at the doctors office, the line at the post office or at Walmart. Could you always be prepared with reading material, your calendar or a list of phone calls you need to make?
- Distractions – For every piece of necessary mail how many pieces of junk must you wade through? Op-out of the mailing lists.
- Technologically Handicaps – How much time is wasted because people don’t know how to efficiently use technology? Just learning keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+A, Ctrl+S and Ctrl+F makes life much easier.
Over 500 words and not one dollar sign? Obviously the concepts presented focus more on time, but as we all know time is money. Accomplishing more provides the opportunity to make more money or the opportunity to save more money. More importantly, I have found, is that a more efficient lifestyle allows you more opportunities to enjoy your life. Spending more time with your family, friends or hobbies, in many ways can be much more rewarding then earning a few more dollars.
Readers: I know I have only scratched the surface, please share some other examples of where we waste time in the comments below!
p.s. Visit again over the weekend for a voyeuristic view of how other people spend their time… I promise it is fascinating!
photo by Grahambone