How to Stop Wasting Time.

Image of clock showing time referring to the importance of goal setting

There aren’t many people that like to waste time. In fact most of us understand that time is our greatest commodity and because of that we must be careful and wise on how we spend our time.

The following four steps are tips I learned from Copywriter Ray Edwards and felt they were great tips to help us learn how to stop wasting time.

1. The first step is to DELETE.

What I mean by DELETE is to get rid of everything and anything that is moving you away from achieving your goals. Obviously, if something is not moving you towards your goals, it’s moving you away from your goals.

This would require you to be very clear on what your goals are so you can identify the right activities to participate in and stop the unnecessary ones.

I also mean DELETE to mean saying NO to requests for your time that are not aligned with your values or your purpose in life.

A while ago I was asked to volunteer my time to a great organization. Although their values aligned with mine, the time I would spend volunteering was going to take me away from doing the things that were aligned with my current purpose . Therefore, I had to gracefully say no even though it would have been for a worthy cause.

2. The second step is to DELEGATE.

I recently went through a training where the instructor said “work in your strengths and hire out your weaknesses”. That statement was eye opening for me because in October of 2015 I started my Life Coaching business and it made me realize that I had been wasting a lot of time.

You see, I started to create a website which took me months to work on. I finally decided to hire a web designer because that was her strength and a definite weakness of mine. So, I DELEGATED the task to her.

By hiring her I was able to open myself up to use my skills and abilities on things I am actually good at.

3. The third step is to DESIGNATE.

I have to confess that I’m addicted to my phone. I have to constantly check it. And every time I get a notification or a text, I’m capable of tipping cows, running through burning coal, and even hurdling barbed wire just to check it right away.

The fact of the matter is, 90% of the time, the notification is not important and it’s just a distraction. Because it is a distraction, I must DESIGNATE a more appropriate time to the task so as to not take time away from what’s important.

4. The last step is to DO IT.

My mom always told me “don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today”. More specifically if it will take you 2 minutes or less, just DO IT. Get it off your plate, because little things add up and by getting it done, you open up time for things that require more attention.

So the next time you get a request for your time or you have an idea for something you want to do, go through these four steps. Is it something you can DELETE? If not, can you DELEGATE it so you can work in your strengths? Is it important or a distraction that can be DESIGNATED to a more appropriate time for it? Or have you determined that you must DO IT and need to focus in and get it done?

Not only will these steps help you stop wasting precious time and increase your productivity, but it will ultimately make you more effective in life. Who wouldn’t want that?