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[INFOGRAPHIC] Common Timewasters at Work

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Much of what business consultants do is look for ways to improve efficiency and eliminate wasted time. But a new infographic points out that three common time wasters are more about business culture than business process.

This infographic comes courtesy of the folks at Time Doctor. Take a look, and then read our comments after the image.

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© Time Doctor

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured an infographic on wasting time at work. And we’ve covered the ways people waste time, such as duplication of efforts or through terribly unproductive meetings.

It does bring up the larger question: Why do we care so much about “wasted time?” The answer is that we’re obsessed with time spent, not results produced. None of us get paid to work, we get paid to be at work.

From a manager’s perspective, it’s easy to see other people wasting time, consider that to be lost productivity, and demand they use their time better. From an employee’s perspective, it’s easy to see other people wasting your time, thus requiring you to stay longer to get more done.

A summary of this issue appeared in our post, Reviewing Software Startup Hours:

If you’re measuring hours, you’re probably missing the point. Even in highly-mechanized environments, it’s not the number of minutes that matter at work but what you do with them.

Don’t focus on wasted time. Focus on producing results.

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