Many of the things people do to "speed things up" actually
waste time. Here are some examples:|
- Failing to plan things out properly. You have
probably seen this on the job. Your boss gives you an assignment, and
then keeps changing the requirements. So instead of completing it in 100
hours you complete it in 300. If your boss had taken the hour or so
necessary to properly plan the job, you would have done it far better
- Working frantically. When you get in a hurry,
mistakes (and often injuries) happen. Working above your natural pace
will nearly always cause you to take longer to do something than if you
- Not leaving a trail. This is a problem people
have when doing complex tasks. Keep notes on what you do, as you go.
That way, if you make a mistake you can see what you did and back up.
This is especially time-saving when making changes on your computer!
- Not listening. As we rush around in this world,
we often miss out on major pieces of information. We get the first
"sound bite" from someone, and don't hear the rest of what's being said.
Listen completely to people. Be totally in the moment and give them all
of your attention. This does wonders for relationships, but there are
many time-saving benefits to it as well.