Capitalizing Time

Tips to Reduce Time Wasting Habits

JRW Regional Sales Manager Brandy Cleveland

Time is the only resource everyone, from every walk of life, has in common. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of being able to choose what they do with that time. This luxury is often taken for granted.

Can you imagine if you took the 10 minutes you spent flipping through your phone over your lunch break and decided to do something that is productive, kind to others, or even self-improving?

Not only do you have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, but you will feel much more accomplished at the end of the day. What someone does with their spare 5, 10, 30 minutes of time is what establishes their legacy!

Tips to reduce time wasting habits:

  1. Time Yourself

    • Set a timer for 5 minutes when you begin to browse on your phone (or anything habit you have that takes precious time). Stick to the timer!
  2. Prepare

    • Set out everything you need in the morning the night before. Getting outfits, breakfast prep, and all work materials together can make your mornings go much smoother.
  3. Plan by the Hour

    • Plan out your day in hour long increments. Allow some flex room for unforeseen circumstances and miscellaneous tasks. You can even carve out an extra five minutes to read our blog to stay up-to-date on the latest in the food distribution industry and the markets we serve. Check it out here.
  4. Accountability

    • Have an accountability partner! You are much more likely to stick with something if someone is following your progress. If you work in a communal space, make it a team effort.
  5. Excellence is a Habit

    • Make it a habit to ask yourself if whatever you are doing is actually helping you accomplish your goals.
  6. Just Put it Away

    • Lock away any items that are contributing to wasted time (phone, video game controller, etc.) for a specific period of time. You can buy something like this online.
  7. Look at the Bigger Picture

    • Determine what motivates you. Keep track of how the task at hand is helping you to accomplish your motivations. For example, I am motivated by recognition. Therefore, I understand that not making the best use of my time will result in less productivity. When I am less productive, I am less likely to complete tasks and objectives that could lead to acknowledgment and credit from those around me. So by understanding myself and my motivations, I am able to not only accomplish more, but also feel better about my accomplishments.

Your priorities are jealous of your time wasters!
Use these tips to help make those priorities, priorities again.

Psalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

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