Author by Wassim Karkabi
Time robbers and how to stop them
I had an interesting meeting recently. I was sitting across the table from one of my clients. His biggest frustration is getting everything done that he plans for the week.
Have you ever had this problem? Most of us have. We’ve either planned to do more than we possibly could, or, as is most commonly the case, allowed ourselves to fall prey to time robbers.
Who steals our time?
Time robbers are the people or things that distract us from achieving what we set out to do. These can be anything from customers dropping in for a chat, to fixing mistakes made by your team, and handling unimportant phone calls.
So, how can you deal with the time robbers in your life? First, you have to identify what they are. You can’t change anything if you don’t know what the problem is. Next, you must develop strategies for dealing with the time thieves. Commit to implementing these strategies so you can get back on track to achieving what you set out to do each week.
What can you do, right now!
- Grab a blank sheet of paper and on the left-hand side list the top 10 time robbers in your life. This should take only three minutes.
- Look back over your list and visualize what it will be like when these time robbers are out of your life.
- On the right-hand side of your list note possible strategies for dealing with your time robbers.
Finally, commit to tackling your time robbers straight away. This is key to regaining control of your time.