6 Ways You’re Wasting Time Without Realizing It 65

6 Ways You're Wasting Time Without Realizing It - letsreachsuccess.com

This is a guest post by Stephanie Lynch, founder of How Much Is It, a place where you can find the cost of unknown things in life.

Wasting time can be bad or good, depending on how you look at it. If you want to get things done at work,  well, wasting time isn’t probably what you want to do.

On the other hand,  wasting time while you’re waiting at the airport is probably your goal.

While taking a break from time to time is okay, many people don’t realize they are wasting time when performing many tasks throughout the day.

To make your day more productive by taking advantage of every minute you’re working, here are six things that may be putting a damper on your daily routine:

1. Checking email.

Whether you have a notification going off each time you get an email, forcing you to check it, or you’re the type that checks your inbox every 10 minutes, checking your email causes you to lose your focus, making it hard to go back to what you were focusing on.

Instead of checking your email every few minutes, set a schedule for the day and only check your email at this time.

2. Attending meetings.

All meetings aren’t created equally, but raise your hand if you have ever attended a meeting where you didn’t learn a thing?

I’m sure you see what I’m getting at now.  Meetings are slowly becoming a productivity killer and unless these meetings have a place, it could be wasting your time.  While you can’t control your management’s meetings, consider your options if you have the power to set one up.

Ask yourself:  Do you really need this meeting?

Remember, you’re paying this person to attend this meeting, and if you’re not getting anything out of it, you’re better off putting them to work.

And here’s how to get more done on your next meeting.

3. Using gadgets when paper will do.

While it’s great to save the trees and use your iPad to write down your notes, this could actually be a productivity killer.

Think about this scenario for a second.  If you were working on a project and had an idea, you would probably have to turn on your table, click the icon and jot down your notes.

Well, what happens if, while you’re scrolling, you see the USA Today news app and you think to yourself, “I wonder what happened today?”  Clicking that could eat up the next 30 minutes.

I think you catch my drift here.  If you’re going to write simple notes, consider using a pen and paper to make it quick.

4. No to-do list.

writing everything down and keeping a to-do list is one of the best successful habits

What do you want to do today?  If you don’t have a to-do list, then how do you know what you want to accomplish?

Even if you think you can remember everything you have to do, you may be skipping something or you may forget about it.

Creating a to-do list is a great way to visually see your goals and it feels great to scratch off each task as you do it.

5. Limit your Internet browsing.

If your work requires browsing the Internet, that’s fine, but when doing so, avoid the aimless surfing.

We all know how it starts: You see a story on your Facebook feed about how a man proposed to his wife in a unique way.  35 minutes later, you’re watching a YouTube video on a cat doing tricks.

Aimlessly browsing can waste a lot of time and can make it very hard to keep focus.  To stay productive, consider downloading the StayFocusd extension on Chrome.  This extension will block popular websites, forcing you to do your work.

Here are some other time-saving apps.

6. Being too available.

An open door policy is great. However, this can really slow you down as people wander to chat about nonsense most of the time.

You can still be friendly with your door shut.

And remember, many managers keep their door shuts so they can focus.  Again, this doesn’t make you a bad person!  If you have an open door policy, consider setting limited hours so you can focus on what’s important.

It can take time to develop new habits and schedules, but if you’re able to do so, it could save you 30, 60, 90 minutes or more.

Just think of what you can do with all of this newfound time!

How do you avoid wasting time?  Have you made any of these changes in the past?

Did it work out?  I’d love to know!



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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 2

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.