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These 5 Time Killers Are Your Biggest Enemies

These 5 Time Killers Are Your Biggest Enemies

Your internet research will not give you much information on time killers. In the first place, let’s settle the definition of time killers. Time killers are the things that waste your time, energy and creativity. But usually it isn’t an arcade game or Japanese comics. Many say that what kills their time are tasks at home, school or job, but they’re not time killers. Time killers are the activities and things that are meaningless and have no values. Each person has his or her own time killers. But we all have a few things in common. So I’m presenting to you the 5 most common time killers that are widespread among people.

Internet 

I may sound like a commonplace, but it is one of the most prevailing time killers around. The internet can be an addiction since it is the kind of medium that possesses us although we are not aware of it. Sure, it helps us communicate easily, reach information we need and order things that we can’t obtain in a regular market. But we exaggerate all its advantages and by this we became addicted to internet so that we become unaware of the world around us. Once we sign up for social networking, we can’t sign out and return to real world. While surfing the internet or watching videos online we become ignorant of the time that we have already spent online. That is how we find ourselves spending an hour online when we meant to just spend 15 minutes.

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Cell phones

Recent cell phones have many features; phoning, texting, internet usage, social networking, emailing, taking photos, listening to music, watching videos, playing games. That is why they are called smartphones. However, people don’t know that sometimes those features are over-helping us. We talk on the phone for hours or text every 5-10 minutes and don’t take into account the time we spend. We don’t want to accept the fact that it is not right to talk to a person a lot on the phone or text a lot when we can meet him or her and talk face to face.

TV and media

Watching TV may be entertaining and there is nothing bad about that. The same can be said about media, since it can be very informative. However, many studies have shown that TV has the ability to makes us dumber and media can easily manipulate our mind by filling our mind with subjective and wrong information. Information about those studies can be found in Psychology Today and other psychology journals. Television companies try their best to produce shows that will attract us. However, we don’t understand that the more time we spend watching TV, the more profit television companies make. The same is true for media. While we are watching TV we forget about the things we should do or take care of, it makes us lazy and ignorant. Sure, I don’t want to say that you shouldn’t watch TV or look at media, but track the time while you are doing it, because both of them are common time killers.

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Negative thoughts

I always advise people to think for themselves, whether they’re right or wrong. It is important to come up with your own ideas. However, people spend a lot of time on negative and frustrating thoughts, mostly on their past negative experiences and failures. It may sound meaningless, but while you are doing a task it is important to focus on it, not on negative thoughts. Think about all the time that you spend thinking about bad things before you start to do something new. Fixating on negative thoughts may stress or depress you.

People

Time killers are not only activities or things. People can also be time killers. Communicating with people is a great activity since it involves relief, communication, and exchange of information. However, we have a lot of people in our lives who are negative or annoying. There are people that we do not like for some reason and who we’d like to avoid talking to, but whom we talk and communicate with because of the courtesy. Those people are killing our time, energy, and mood. This is about people that we meet in our daily life, not in workplace, since in our daily life only we chose people that are involved.

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These are some common time killers that you can consider to maybe help with your time management. However, you can also find and point out time killers that are involved in your life.

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16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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