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7 Reasons Why You Are Time Poor

It is a common complaint, “I don’t have enough time.” In fact, I’d bet that you said these exact words in the last 48 hours.

“I don’t have enough time to…

…finish my work,
…get in shape,
…start a hobby,
…spend with my family.”

While we all have the same amount of time in the day, why is it that some people seem to accomplish a ton more than you? From the President to the postman, people all have the same time frame but accomplish loads more than in a single day that you seem to accomplish in a week.

Why is this? Why do some struggle and drown in their obligations, while others make the impossible seem effortless? Why are some people time poor while others are rich? Which are you?

The only difference is how you choose to spend your time. Here are some things to consider so that your days are loaded with accomplishments.

    1. You Don’t Say No
      One of the biggest mistakes people make is to take on burdens that do not belong to them. When you don’t say no, you find yourself doing other people’s work. This happens both in the workplace and in day-to-day life. Ever find yourself doing someone else’s job simply because you couldn’t say no? 

You have to be able to say, “I am not going to do this, because something else is more important.”

This can be particularly troublesome when a leader will not let their team do their duties and instead tries to take on everything themselves.

Ever leave an expense report undone for a long period of time? It ends up taking 5X’s as long to complete compared to if you had done it right away.

What habits or behaviors do you have that keep you time poor?

Written on 7/21/2010 by Craig Jarrow. Craig writes the blog, Time Management Ninja, whose mission is to “Win the battle against wasted time, disorganization, clutter, and all other things evil…” Grab his RSS feed for some great productivity tips. Photo Credit: bareknuckleyellow
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