There are three “time thieves” lurking in your day. They are sneaky, cunning and hard to see. At first glance they pretend they are going to make a big difference to your business, but in the end, they are just a big waste of time.
I’m going to reveal them to you now and show you what you can do to protect yourself.
1. Attending Networking Events
Attending networking events can be a total time waster. You have good intentions when you arrive, I will follow up is the promise you make. But then life happens and you end up with a stack of business cards on your desk, embarrassed to call or send an email because too much time has passed.
Solution: When you are introduced to someone who warrants a follow up conversation, exchange business cards and then immediately get out your calendar and book a time to reconnect with them. If it’s in your calendar, it will happen.
2. Attending workshops
There are a variety of workshops on the market all promising to change your life. And some do. However, what often happens is you go, you learn, and then you return to the busyness of your life and you fall back into your old routines.
Solution: Go to the workshop with a friend or colleague. Make a pact that you will support each other to implement all the valuable information you have learned.
3. Being disorganized
Did you know people waste an average of 1.5 hours a day (6 weeks per year) looking for things? That is a colossal waste of your time. Enough said.
Solution: Invest some time to get your surroundings organized. Knowing where everything is will give you the gift of time, over and over again. As Benjamin Franklin said, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
Now that you’ve met these time thieves you can take back your time by:
- Following up with connections at networking events.
- Finding an accountability buddy for your workshops.
- Getting your surroundings organized.
Doing these three things will send those time thieves running to the next unsuspecting victim.