Time Management at Work: Wasted Time?

How much time is wasted at work in your experience?  I just read a recent article at SmartCompany which talked about a recent study by Ernst & Young.  The study indicates that 18% of time at work could be considered unproductive.  That it a lot of time that could be spent creating value! Some of the items  the 2500 respondents referred to as time wasters are:

  • Internal administration, red tape and meetings
  • Waiting for IT systems
  • Jobs needing to be redone

Some time wasters are beyond an employee’s control, but some of that wasted time could potentially be used in other ways.  Would love to hear how you handle seemingly unavoidable time wasters in your day.



  1. There is a lot of wasted time at work.  Breaks, getting ready to get work done, filing, organizing, moving things around but never really planning!

    To increase your ROI and begin to manage your time better, you must plan, get in front of more people, systemize a process and sell yourself.

    Frank Bettger wrote an all time-classic many years ago titled, “How I Raised Myself From a Failure to Success In Selling” which is a primer all salespeople should read. Highly recommended.


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