Even though this blog is all about diversifying your income streams and I now work for myself, I do think that diversifying your income can include working for someone else.
According to Salary.com, 69% of respondents to a survey they took stated they waste time at work every single day. Around 62% of survey takers reported that they waste around 30 minutes to 1 hour daily, 22% reported that they waste around 2 to 3 hours daily, and 4% reported that they waste 4 HOURS or more each day.
That is a ton of time wasted!
Wasting time at work is something I don’t think should be done. Sure, breaks every now and then just happen, but wasting a few hours every single day definitely seems excessive when you are being paid to work.
You probably are not getting all of your work done, your boss probably knows that you are wasting time and does not see you as a valuable employee, and more. Also, you might even be annoying your coworkers if they have to pull your weight when it comes to tasks that need to be completed.
Here are my tips to be more productive at work so that you are a more productive worker:
1. Turn off your cell phone.
When at work, you probably do not need your personal cell phone. It might be best just to put it away or turn it off so that you can get more work done. Just having it right on your desk may cause you to waste more time and be less productive at work.
2. Don’t bother with social media.
Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot get onto social media without wasting a lot of time.
Spending just a “few minutes” on social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest is just not realistic for me. So, instead I just try to avoid it altogether and save it for a designated time, after the work I need to do is completed.
A lot of wasted time at work is spent on social media. You should try stepping away from it. Maybe even put a block on it on your work computer.
3. Figure out why you waste so much time at work.
Many people who took the survey mentioned above claimed they wasted time because they are bored or because they do not like the work they do.
If either of those are your reasons, then you need to find a solution so that you can get more work done. I’m assuming that it probably wouldn’t be good if you lost your job, so figuring out a solution is important.
4. Think about the “small” breaks you are taking.
Many people take small, five to ten minute, breaks throughout the day. Is that really needed though? Are these breaks actually small? Do they help or no?
I used to work with someone who would constantly take smoke breaks. I’m talking one or two every hour, at the very least. Over a full work day, that amount of time adds up very quickly. If you need to smoke that much while you are working then you need to figure out why because you are killing your body!
5. Avoid workplace gossip.
So much time is wasted because of gossiping. Does that really help anyone? Sure, some social interaction is important each day, and your work environment most likely allows for that. However, if you are just chatting with your coworkers all day long and not actually working at all, then this can be a big time waster.
How much time do you waste at work each day? Come on, let’s be honest here!