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An Interactive Infographic About Wasting Time At Work

An Interactive Infographic About Wasting Time At Work

Atlassian’s You Waste A Lot Of Time At Work is an interactive infographic filled with all the information you need about wasting time at work and how to avoid it. 

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    Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you’re getting work done.

    Excessive emails, pointless meetings and constant interruptions are huge culprits of time wasting at work according to Atlassian. They say that we lose 10 IQ points when we spend hours fielding constant emails, the same as missing out on an entire night’s sleep. Annual productivity costs per employee can be estimated at $1250 dealing with spam, $1800 sorting through unnecessary emails, and between $2100 and $4100 (poorly) communicating via email.

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      Meetings are another big time waster apparently. An average 62 meetings occur per month, which is about 31 hours of time that is considered wasted and unproductive. 91% of those surveyed said they daydream during meetings, 39% said that they had slept through a meeting, 47% complained and 96% had missed meetings all together. $37 billion is the amount of employee salary that is spent just in meetings in US businesses.

      Interruptions are the third biggest problem. An average employee is interrupted and distracted 56 times a day. 80% of interruptions at work are considered trivial.

      What can you do to make sure you waste less time at work?

      You Waste A Lot Of Time At Work | Atlassian

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      6 Reasons Why Perfectionism Kills Your Productivity

      6 Reasons Why Perfectionism Kills Your Productivity

      Perfectionism sounds like a first world problem, but it stifles creative minds. Having a great idea but doubting your ability to execute it can leave you afraid to just complete and publish it. Some of the most successful inventors failed, but they kept going in pursuit of perfection. On the other end of the spectrum, perfectionism can hinder people when they spend too much time seeking recognition, gathering awards and wasting time patting themselves on the back. Whatever your art, go make good art and don’t spend time worrying that your idea isn’t perfect enough and certainly don’t waste time coming up with a new idea because you’re still congratulating yourself for the last one.

      1. Remember, perfection is subjective.

      If you’re worried about achieving perfectionism with any single project so much that you find yourself afraid to just finish it, then you aren’t being productive. Take a hard look at your work, edit and revise, then send it our into the world. If the reviews aren’t the greatest, learn from the feedback so you can improve next time.

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      2. Procrastination masquerades itself as perfectionism.

      People who procrastinate aren’t always lazy or trying to get out of doing something. Many who procrastinate do so because perfectionism is killing their productivity, telling them that if they wait a better idea will come to them.

      3. Recognize actions that waste time.

      Artists and all creative people need time to incubate; those ideas will only grow when properly watered, but if you’re not engaging in an activity that will help foster creativity, you might just be wasting time. Remember to do everything with purpose, even relaxing.

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      4. Don’t discriminate against your worth.

      No one is actually perfect. We often have tremendous ideas or write things that move people emotionally, but no one attains that final state of being perfect. So, don’t get down if your second idea isn’t as good as your first—or vice versa. Perfectionists tend to be the toughest critics of their work, so don’t criticize yourself. You are not your work no matter how good or how bad.

      5. Stress races your heart and freezes your innovation.

      Stress is a cyclic killer that perfectionists know well because that same system that engages and causes your palms to sweat over a great idea is the same system that kicks in and worries you that you’re not good enough. Perfectionism means striving for that ultimate level, and stress can propel you forward excitedly or leave you shaking in fear of the next step.

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      6. Meeting deadlines beats waiting for perfect work.

      Don’t let your fear of failure prevent you from meeting your deadline. Perfection is subjective and if you’re wasting time or procrastinating, you should just finish the job and learn from any mistakes. Being productive means completing work. You shouldn’t try for months or even years to perfect one project when you can produce projects that improve over time.

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