Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Friday, June 19, 2009

18 time wasters that drain our productivity

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Many books and articles have been written on personal productivity in the workplace and business. One book that offers a unique perspective on time wasters and productivity is The 4 Hour Workweek by author Tim Ferriss. Although this is not a Christian book, I believe many of the principles that Tim embraces are valid and useful ones to increase productivity.

If left unchecked and unscheduled, these time wasters can drain valuable productive time:
  1. Phone calls
  2. E-mail
  3. Web surfing
  4. Personal business
  5. Texting; instant messaging.
  6. Web 2.0 - social networking
  7. Unscheduled meetings
  8. Unfocused meetings
  9. Unproductive, unnecessary reading
  10. Multi-tasking
  11. Endless to-do lists
  12. TV and other media
  13. Constant organizing and reorganizing
Other personal issues can get in the way as well such as:
  1. Lack of energy
  2. Lack of focus
  3. Sickness
  4. Lack of sleep
  5. Stress
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