Sometimes ago, I wrote an article titled: The Energy you need energy to build a world class business. In the article, I established the relationship between energy and achieving great success. While energy is important for us to be able to push through our dreams or goals in life, we equally need time to do the required work.
Unfortunately, most of us engage in daily routine or habits that not only robs our time, but our energy as well. So many times, we find ourselves (consciously or unconsciously) doing things that are counter-productive. When we indulge in those habits, we somehow find a way to justify our actions.
Our world today is filled with all sort of distractions or noise that steer us into chasing shadows rather than substances. From 24-hour non-stop multi-channel satellite entertainment, to the buzz of social media, we find ourselves chocked up trying to give attention to all of them. In the face of reality, to succeed, you have to be wary of the following habits that have become predominant in our society and avoid them at all cost.
Doing many things at a time
Engaging in more than one thing at a time is multi-tasking. Our life is filled with a lot of activities that we barely have time to do them sequentially. We have so many pressing issues that demands our attention, and sometimes, we feel like doing all of them straightaway. Therefore, we resort to multi-tasking. Though, multi-tasking can be good sometimes, but the odds are usually higher.
In a typical day, our schedules might be so tight that we are required to complete several tasks at the same time. For example, you have to prepare a report with a deadline for submission and at the same time, there are tons of email or correspondence that demands your attention. Apart from these, you still have a whole lot of things that requires your immediate attention.
Most people will try to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that. While working on the report, you are at the same time reading email messages and trying to respond to them. You flip between jobs, believing that you are being effective.
The truth is that in as much as you are solving all the problems at the same time, you stand a chance of doing terrible jobs. This is because you are not focused enough to deliver excellent jobs. Apart from doing a bad job, you waste a lot of time trying to switch between jobs.
When you are faced in a dilemma as illustrated above, try to stick to a job at a time; complete the job and then switch to another one. Using this approach, you will be able to complete your tasks faster and better.
Giving too much attention to social media
A study conducted on the use of social media reveals that on any given day, American teenagers average about nine hours of entertainment media use, excluding time spent at school or for homework.
In a similar manner, adults spend tremendous amount of time on different social media platforms and this trend continues to rise every day. It’s one the habits that has become so rampant these days.
While social media can be entertaining and in my own opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong spending some time sharing and connecting with friends and family, it could become a huge time waster when you waste unnecessarily long period of time.
Though, some people have recognized the down side of excessive time on social media, and consequently have made a decision to put if off completely or minimize the time they spend. Due to the addictive nature of social media, they often find themselves surfing the social web, unconsciously. Some people may just want to take a glance only to find themselves spending hours on it.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the social media, as a matter of fact, I am an active user. All I am trying to say is that everything demands moderation. As such, you are not supposed to spend time which otherwise could be used for something far more useful on entertainment.
Always busy and never having a time to think
I used to be in this league. Back then, I was always on the go. From morning till night, I was busy on one project or another. Sometimes, I skip night sleeps just to be able to complete outstanding jobs or queues of waiting jobs.
Month after month, year after year, my condition was the same. There was no significant improvement in my life and business. I was always weak and exhausted, yet, those that worked less than I did, were far ahead of me.
I barely had the time to think and evaluate my progress. Though I was making money, but I did not even have the time to account for my income and expenses. I was making money, but it seems the money was leaking out somewhere that I don’t even have a clue on.
Yes, I am a firm believer of hard work as a sure path to success. But, what is the essence of hard work without results to show for it?
That was how I realized the importance of making out time to relax and think. It not only rejuvenates you, physically and mentally, it adds value to your time. It makes you a smarter person. It doesn’t matter how hard you worked; what matters is the results you have to show for the hard work and that is what making out time helps you achieve.
Taking too long to make a decision
Decision making can be a daunting task for some people. Before taking any decision, they put so many things on the table. They will check and cross check. They will consult different people for opinions. In the end, they waste tremendous amount of time trying not to be wrong. When you are spending a lot of time trying to reach a decision, you are invariably procrastinating. Learn how to make decisions on your feet. It’s one of the habits needed in the new world era.
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