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5 time wasters that reduce personal effectiveness

Only those who recognize the true value of time can become a truly effective person. When a person thinks rationally, he is able to recognize distractions and fight them effectively. Do you know your enemy by sight? If not, read our material on time-wasters.

Where does time go?

A person’s personal efficiency depends on a number of external and internal factors: mood, health, motivation, working conditions, and so on. But among them, the only irreplaceable resource is time. If we lose it, we lose the opportunity to do something forever. But where does it go?

Social Media

We are stuck in the “web” of social networks and it is pointless to argue with it. The day no longer starts with coffee, but with scrolling through your feed. This is a separate world where you can buy and sell, communicate and share thoughts, get and give advice, realize your potential or just look at others. In 2024, social media is still the number one procrastinator. To break free from this web, limit your time on social media and messengers. If self-control doesn’t work, set limits on your device.

Lack of goals

No matter how many effective time management and planning techniques emerge, most people continue to drift. In fact, it is impossible to achieve a goal if it is not formulated. Make a roadmap, set deadlines – otherwise the goal may remain a dream forever.


This personal quality always leads to a global loss of time. Being uncoordinated, absent-minded, and unable to concentrate are signs of disorganization that prevent you from focusing on the task at hand. To avoid wasting your time, don’t get distracted by unrelated processes and thoughts. Develop a ritual to help you get in the mood to work and stick to a schedule. Discipline is the ability to get over yourself and regularly do what you need to do to get the results you want. It’s not easy to convince your mind, but sooner or later the day will come when discipline and organization will work for you.

Lack of prioritization

Lack of time is often associated with spending it on unimportant tasks. Ranking your to-do list will help you tackle them in an organized way, rather than grabbing everything. No matter how many things you have to do, there will always be a high priority and a low priority. Start with the most important and work your way down the list.
Remember that our brains are only capable of doing more than one task at a time if the second task is automatic and easily controlled – like soup on the stove or laundry in the washing machine.

Excessive sociability

Being sociable is a great quality, but sometimes it gets in the way of your ability to focus and get work done. If you’re overly sensitive, you worry more about other people’s problems than your own. Inability to refuse, hypersensitivity, gregariousness, and altruism prevent you from doing your own thing. If you do not know how to switch and abstract, limit communication and learn to say “no”.

How to Fight Chronophages

First, honestly write down all the factors that reduce your personal efficiency. Then, for two weeks, keep track of how much time they take up. Note exactly how much time you spent on Facebook, how much time you spent looking for the right file because of the clutter on your desk, how many minutes it took to help a colleague. This way you can visually analyze and identify the most aggressive chronophages. In the next step, you can determine methods to fight them – set limits, create a schedule, prioritize.


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