When it comes to running a business online, something that I have always found quite annoying is having to wait on others. This could be anything from having to wait more than 24 hours to get an email response, waiting on advertisers or ad networks to have simple ad copy or creative made and especially waiting around for simple tasks to get accomplished that I could easily do within five minutes. This isn’t meant to be a rant… I just want to bring light to some of the many struggles online entrepreneurs and marketers have to deal with on a daily basis.
This is especially true and annoying because at the same time we know how much time is wasted in other areas that really don’t matter. This includes distractions throughout the day, social media, random internet surfing, endless meetings that rarely result in anything new, and the list goes on. Now imagine if you were running a business and had a bunch of employees wasting endless hours of their day, on your dollar no less!
With so many automation tools and applications in place today, it’s a wonder why things still take so long to get worked on. Today I wanted to highlight an infographic from CareerBuilder, on the 10 Biggest Productivity Killers at Work.
The next time you are waiting on a project or simple task to get accomplish… just think about how many of these factors might be getting in the way. 🙂
To cover all of these points in detail, I broke the following infographic apart by section, then highlighted all of the data points and provided a few resources in between. How many of these productivity killers are part of your daily routine?
While the benefits of working online and having an ‘internet-based’ business far outweigh the cons, the amount of time that is wasted on an average day is quite overwhelming. The internet has removed the need for world travel to attend meetings at different locations, while also making it easy for employees to work from the comfort of their own homes.
However, even with all of those advantages in place… how much of that time is actually being spent working vs. “just being there”.
Yes, we are all probably guilty of using our cell phones, email and internet usage for personal use while at work, but those aren’t the only areas wasting valuable company time.
As much as your company or boss would like to blame you for the lack of productivity and amount of work getting done, it’s actually a team effort and likely falls on many of your other co-workers as well. When asked which workplace disruptions are seen as ruining productivity, the following points were made.
When you start to look at each of the factors above, you can really start to see how your productivity levels aren’t just damaged because of your own personal interests… but it’s actually quite inflated due to the annoyance and lack of focus of those also around you.
No matter where you are working or how many distractions you come across in a given day, we would all like to live and work in more productive environments. CareerBuilder reported that 73% of employers have taken efforts to address productivity killers at work — here’s a look at what they’ve done.
By implementing just a few of these methods, businesses around the world could save millions of hours per week.
Productivity and time management is something we all struggle with. This is even more of an issue for people who work from home or run their own online business. When you don’t have a boss or other co-workers to keep you on your toes throughout the day, it’s easy to lose focus and interest in what you are doing.
Add the following components to your everyday work life, and you should see some solid productivity performance across the board.
Now get back to work! 🙂
My name is Zac Johnson and I have been an online entrepreneur for the past 18 years and blogger since 2007. This is my personal blog and I welcome you to the site. In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am benefiting financially or otherwise from everything you click on, read, or look at while on my website.
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