Last week we covered time wasters. This week we talk about more time wasters that keep us from getting things done. Here they are.
Spending too much Time at the Grocery Store.
I’ve found a way to cut some of the wait time in half. Often, I’ll go to the Walmart (not the neighborhood one) by myself, around 7:30 in the morning. There are not too many people shop at that time of the morning, plus, I’m able to get a parking spot close by the main door. It only takes me ten minutes to get there from my residence.
If I know I’m going to the store early the next morning, I make out my shopping list the night before, putting certain things in a particular order. For example, I know that the paper products, deli section, and dairy products are at the back of the store. I list my paper products first, that I need. Next, I write out anything I need from the dairy section or deli.
Then I list what I need aisle by aisle, working my way toward the front of the store. I usually lists the bakery products I need last.
As I pass the cheeses and meats area, I place the items I need in my basket before going down the next aisle.
Listing the items I need, in order, saves me a lot of time. I’m usually home and have everything put away by 9:30 at the latest. Then, I can move on with my day and get some serious ‘to do’ things accomplished.
Searching for Something We’ve Misplaced.
We’ve all done that one; wasting time looking for a certain item.
We need to make a habit of putting the item back in a particular place when we finish using it, whether it be in a purse, a pocket, a jar, a drawer, etc.; then, when we need the item, we know exactly where it is.
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There are many tasks to be broken up into smaller parts to do. Which part do you dislike? Which part is keeping you from starting or completing the project?
We don’t mean to do it, but we often procrastinate or ‘kill time’ as the saying goes. There are just some tasks we dread doing, but they must be done. We just can’t seem to get to them. Maybe they’re too complex, or too boring to tackle.
Take that first step and start the project. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on the project. The important thing is to get the project started. Work on it a little each day. Eventually, if you keep at it, the project will be completed.
If the task seems like it will be more than you can handle, it doesn’t hurt to ask around, and see if there’s someone who would be willing to help you with some of it. If they say ‘yes’, then delegate some of the work to them.
More than one set of hands often makes the load seem lighter.
Ask God to help you not to be a time waster.
There are many other time wasters, but I just wanted to touch on a few.
Life will be a lot easier for us, once we learn how to handle the time wasters. We’ll be able to get those things done that we need to get done.
If we become proficient with our use of time, others will notice. By being a good example to others, perhaps we can help them make better uses of their time.
That’s all for this week.
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