3 Time Wasters that Can Impede your Success

October 19, 2018 by  

We seem to live in very busy times where everything and everybody seems to be screaming for our attention and everything is moving very fast. It seems that no matter where we turn, there is always someone or something requiring our input, our opinion, our presence, or an action we are expected to take which only adds to our already painfully full plate. It seems to be getting more and more difficult than ever before to choose between what is absolutely necessary, important and just something extra. Yet, these are the choices we need to be making to stay ahead of the game.

Here are some issues to examine and try to avoid so that you do not constantly run into trouble.
1. Lack of decisiveness: You might have an inspiring vision and be excited to make it happen. However, if you lack decisiveness, you will waste loads of time and never bring that dream into reality. Therefore, weighing the pros and cons, then making decisions that you doubt right after creating them, and never taking action becomes a vicious circle that will keep you unproductive and unable to achieve your vision. Many people seem to freeze up when it comes to decision making. In order to avoid that situation the best choice is to just take a step, if you fall, just get up and take another step. If you fall again then, get up again and keep trying until you get it right. Mistakes are just opportunities to learn so do not let them defeat you. Instead, just make a decision and give yourself permission to fail. In any event, just continue to move forward!

2. Reactive living: Reactive living means going through life reacting to situations that happen as opposed to creating and planning the outcomes you wish to accomplish. It is very sad and concerning how many people live their lives without purpose, direction, and vision. Because, without a vision you will have no clear idea of where you are heading, and that makes it very difficult to be proactive and ultimately achieve your desired goals. If you end up doing what you enjoy in life, it could then be more often a coincidence or “luck” rather than part of your plan. If you live life without purpose and direction it will leave you unprepared to deal appropriately with everyday life situations. Therefore, the problem with reactive living is that you can never accomplish anything except by chance. Reactive living keeps you busy, yet you will be underachieving, concerned about what might be happening next, and possibly stressed about life situations. Reactive living will definitely unnecessarily waste a lot of your time.

3. Disorganization: Have you ever wasted a lot of time searching for something you could not find? Finding yourself scrambling the day before a project is due is really not much fun. It likely means that we will be stressed out and might not finish that project on schedule or if we do, it may not be done as well as we could have done it, had we managed our time more effectively Disorganization can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and usually lowers performance levels. You can fool yourself about how good things are, but if you are not accomplishing the key elements required to move you closer to your goals, you will not be successful. There are certainly systems and structures you can implement to make you better organized. It would be a good idea to get the help you need, to create a prioritized plan, and to begin to execute that plan. If you do that, your life will greatly improve, your success will be more likely and your stress levels will certainly be reduced.

I believe that human beings are very remarkable and can actually do whatever they set their minds to. However, those who are only interested in doing things rarely get much done, whereas those who commit to accomplishing laid out goals will move mountains to achieve their desired outcomes.
So, if you wish to become more successful, productive, efficient, and creative you need to learn to self-manage more effectively!