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What A Waste Of Time!

Posted Jun 13 2009 12:17am

"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it."
                                                                                           ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

I was talking to my daughter today and she said that wasting time drives her crazy.  She said that she tries never to let anything at work really get to her because complaining is just a waste of time.  Then she said that she hates arguing with her husband because instead of wasting time arguing, they could be having a good time.  She' s pretty smart.
    When I started thinking about it, we often spend a lot of our day wasting time.  Complaining is a big time waster.  It solves nothing, often only feels satisfying in the moment and often ends up in guilt or regret later.  Gossiping is another huge waste of time.  Any negative activity wastes time.  Any behavior or activity that isn' t positive or productive probably wastes time.
    Spending a lot of time in indecision is a waste.  Usually people procrastinate about a decision because they don' t trust either their judgment or knowledge.  If you find yourself in this position either research the issue or ask for help, but do something.  Don' t be paralyzed by indecision.
    As a manager, think about how you deal with disgruntled patients.  If you spend any time arguing with them, you' re wasting time.  Finding solutions uses time wisely.  When you avoid dealing with an employee who is not performing well, you' re wasting a lot of time.  Approaching her in a way that lets her know you believe in her and want to help her improve is a better use of time.

    How many ways do you or the people around you waste time?  What will you do differently now that you' ve realized it.  Think about it, rather than complaining, you could be solving, rather than gossiping, you could be complimenting, rather than criticizing, you could be inspiring.  Click on comment and tell us what you think.

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