You can buy additional memory for your computer to speed it up and make it work better. On the other hand, the amount of time you have in a day is fixed. What that means is we need to invest it wisely. So what are 10 time wasters to be alert to as a leader or manager?

  1. Incomplete information which means you cannot take a decision.
  2. Employees coming in with problems that are important to them but not urgent.
  3. Telephone calls, including mobile phone calls, coming in on a totally random basis.
  4. Routine tasks that should be taken care of by someone on your team being delegated upwards.
  5. Poorly organised or poorly run meetings.
  6. Attempting to do, or offering to do, too much in the time available.
  7. Being overly optimistic in your estimates of how long things will take.
  8. Procrastinating; either putting things off or leaving things partly completed.
  9. Not listening and going off on the wrong track.
  10. Not being willing to say ‘no’ when you are already fully utilised.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps professional people to become highly effective managers. He invites you to sign up for his free e-course, Management Mastery, at www.goalsandachievements.co.uk

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