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Are You Guilty of Little Habits That Gobble Up Time?

By Sandy Schroeder

When I am working, I can always find ways to justify little breaks for more coffee, or a quick phone call. In general, they don’t seem to slow my work down, however too many little time stealers can.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, recently pointed out how much damage the time-stealers can do.

Bradberry suggests letting too many time-stealing habits creep in can weaken the whole day. They may soften overall self-discipline, undermining quality, inspiration, and total work effort

See if these look familiar and then consider deleting them.

Increasing meetings – We all know meetings can soak up a lot of time. Adding unnecessary meetings can seriously reduce the amount of time devoted to your work. Keep them under control.

Online bobbing – A few minutes here and there actually adds up to a lot more overall time. Leaving your work in progress interrupts needed thought and concentration. Then when you come back from an online cruise, you have to spend time getting back into the work. The more often you opt in and out, the less productive continuous work time you have.

Believing in multitasking – Researchers find people who straddle several paths of electronic information do not perform as well as individuals who stick with one site at a time. Multitaskers may believe they are doing everything at once, but actually they are simply moving rapidly back and forth and losing ground in the process.

Bogging down in emails – Setting a time to answer a block of emails saves a lot of effort. Breaking concentration to deal with them all day long may take up a lot more time than you can afford to give them.

Saving the toughest for last – It’s tempting to postpone really difficult tasks, but it’s also dangerous. By the time you get to that task you may have used up your most focused energy. Now you have to struggle through it with less firepower and hope for the best.

Blue light nights – Phones, laptops and tablets frequently make their way into the bedroom. But the trail of blue light can keep you awake long after you have finished using the devices. Keeping the bedroom cool, quiet and dark could give you the sound sleep you need to be at your best in the morning.

Take a quick review of your daily habits and add up the lost time. After a quick remodel, you may find you have time to spare.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boulder, Colo.

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