April 29, 2009 · Time management

A computer is an amazing resource that has the ability to maximize the use of our time – so much can be automated and stored and we have access to an amazing amount of knowledge at our fingertips.

However it can also be a huge time waster – here are some of the challenges we can face…

  • we can constantly be bombarded by email which we feel we have to respond to immediately
  • we can get taken off task and lost in the web as we respond to these email and follow links to topics that interest us. Before we know it we have wasted an hour of our time, or more, and have nothing productive to show for it
  • our energy levels are depleted not just because of the unproductive distractions but from sitting in front of the screen for long periods of time without taking a break.
  • we can feel overwhelmed from the sheer amount of work that is right there in front of us to be completed – and that can be just the email and our task list, never mind the projects we need to attend to. We don’t know where to start, what to do first, how we are going to handle it all so we end up doing nothing or surfing the web to distract us.

So what is the best way to handle all this? Here are some ideas…

  • Select a current initiative, a project you have been procrastinating on and choose to focus on this first every day. Do not turn on your computer or open any other programs other than the folder or document related to this project.
  • At the start of the day brain dump all the tasks that you need to attend to on to a piece of paper or in your diary. Again, do this before you turn on that computer, so when you do turn it on you will be focused immediately on the tasks to be completed.
  • Discipline yourself to complete these tasks first before opening any other unrelated programs or activities such as checking Facebook.

I don’t enjoy spending excessive amounts of time in front of the computer and I am still learning, as well, how to limit my time here so I have space for other fun and more social activities. I want to come away from my computer feeling energized because of what I have been working on rather than feeling drained. As usual it’s all about balance of what I do with my time and creating a routine or structure that works for me.

I would love to hear your thoughts and how you handle your computer challenges – just click on the word “comment” at the bottom of this post.

And if you are ready to take action on creating a more balanced approach to life, but don’t know how, please email me now or call/ text 0212 406 535 to arrange a time to talk.

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1 Comment to “Computers and wasting time”

  1. Charlotte Hinksman says:

    Hi Heather

    For me, it is quite revolutionairy to think about focussing before you turn on the comp – I have been playing with it this week and I have really enjoyed the benefits. Thank you for sharing this wisdom! SO simple, yet so effective!

    Charlotte

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