Over the years, I’ve posted some thoughts on behaviours and practices that can get in the way of our productivity. To help bring some of these forwarded, this post will link to past articles, as well as adding some new material on common time-wasters.

I’ve broken these time-wasters into two groups. Internal are those things which we generate. External are those things that come at us from outside sources: both types can be controlled.

Internal:

  1. Disorganization
  2. Procrastination
  3. Inability to say no
  4. Attitude

External:

  1. Uninvited visitors
  2. Incoming communication
  3. Unproductive meetings
  4. Waiting