I used to spend a couple of hours a day playing an online game. I haven’t been there for a few months now, although I still get tons of updates regarding that game on Facebook. Something like a game is easy to see as “junk” – as a time waster. But some other things aren’t so obvious. Like watching YouTube downloads that could be educational.
Or what about phone calls from family?
We have to take those calls, don’t we? But some days one call turns into three, each an hour-long, and all together they whittle away at my “work” time. Just because I work from home, doesn’t mean I’m not really working!
I’ve had many friends tell me NOT to take calls during the day, and I’m just going to have to listen to them. I’ve been staying up really late at night to finish the work I couldn’t get done during the day. But then when I try to sleep in, I get inundated with phone calls, and people teasing me about sleeping so late – when they don’t seem to realize that it is because of their phone calls that I’m up late in the first place!
And I don’t want to offend anyone. That’s probably half the battle.
So I’m going to change my cellphone message to say something like, “I’m sorry, but I’m working. If it’s an emergency, send me an email with “Urgent” in the header. Otherwise, call me after dinner. Thank you.”
So what’s the “junk” in your life, that’s eating away at your productivity?
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