Top 10 Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them

We all have the same 24 hours in a day but some of us maximize those hours better than others especially when it comes to managing a home business operations amidst all the other demands on our lives.

What are some examples of time-wasters and causes of wasting ones time?

*Having work-related items scattered about the house and not keeping or returning those work-related items in the office area where they belong!

Solution: When possible, conduct most of your business work in your home office or space. If you do have to take it out of the room, return it immediately when you are finished so important papers or phone numbers or other work-related items do not become misplaced or buried amongst household piles.

*Unnecessary telephone usage can be a large disruption in ones work schedule.

Solution: Thankfully, phones ground lines or cellular phones are easily set-up to take messages. Unless you are expecting an important call, let voice mail or another answering system handle your calls and then periodically return them all in one block of time.

*Not setting specific work hours.

Solution: If you set specific times for your work while factoring in scheduled breaks and allowing some extra time for unexpected interruptions you will be accomplishing the must do tasks in your business space where you can focus better in accomplishing them.

*Not having a plan of action.

Solution: You can create a daily to do list from a weekly plan you can draw-up each weekend. Prioritize business and personal chores; but be realistic about how many tasks you can really carry out. Do not overwhelm yourself with too many tasks or you will become frustrated when you cannot achieve all you set out to do for the day.

*The Clutter!!

Solution: Hire or (or barter time with) a professional organizer! I hired one and together we filled 4 trash bags from my files and office space!! If you cannot find one in your area, go to the site of the National Association of Professional Organizers to find one in your area.

Additional Tips

One time management expert says, Women home business owners and managers should learn their own personal time wasters. Once known, they can then be eliminated. Other time-management experts suggest that you set apart blocks of time to carry out specific tasks. For example, block out specific days and hours to run business and/or personal errands and assign yourself as many as you can do into your designated time period in order to save time and gas money. Keep a time diary of all your activities for a week and then closely analyze your most productive work times. Take advantage of technology. PDAs, software, daily planners, and other organizational aids to assist you in your time management.

Do you have a “time-waster,” of which you are guilty? Mine is being on the Internet too long (even though I write for a number of Internet sites!). I find that if I go online at the end of my workday or at least until I finish the most important tasks of the day, I am more productive and less likely to wander around in cyberspace.

The challenge here of every home or small business entrepreneur is to find her own balance of business and personal-related tasks. It may take a while but believe it or not, you will find the best schedule that fits your business and your life! It goes without saying, that even with the best daily plan, life happens and is filled with unexpected surprises; but that is one of the great advantages of being self-employed — flexibility.

Unlike most 9 to 5 jobs, you can pick up your child from school when they are suddenly sick or miss their bus, and re-schedule a task at a later time or day.

Being aware of how you use your time can increase your business productivity, profits, and organization, while helping you also find more time for yourself and for those people who are most important to you.

For More Information


*Home Based Business Mom: A Practical Guide to Time Management and Organization for the Working Woman by Juli Shulem (Newhoff Publishing) (out of print, but look for copies in your local public or college library).

*Home Management 101:A Guide for Busy Parents by Debbie Williams

Internet sites:


* Susie Glennans The Busy Woman’s Daily Planner ( Time Management Strategies and Tools for Busy Women)


About the Author

Priscilla Y. Huff is the author of 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women, 3rd ed.; and The Self-Employed Womans Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business

One Response to Top 10 Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them
  1. rokok elektrik
    December 18, 2017 | 6:50 am

    Very nice article, exactly what I needed.

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