Thieves who steal time

Poor planning

Lack of understanding of the value of planning and impatience to complete something are the causes of poor planning. Absence of an action plan is likely to lead to false starts, resulting in unproductive use of time on the critical path to the task being undertaken. As a result, managers will not have enough time to complete the work.

Crisis management

Often, crisis management is the product of a lack of prioritization of tasks. Failure to differentiate between urgent, important and non-essential tasks may lead to non-essential tasks being completed at the expense of important tasks. As a result, managers are unlikely to have enough time to attend to important matters.


It is easy to postpone tasks if they are not due immediately. The problem is, tasks pile up and can force managers to run into a time crunch later. Procrastination is usually triggered by fear of failure/success, perfectionism, wanting to do it all, or misaligned priorities. A desire to do good is a virtue. But some people get so anxious about doing a task perfectly that they never finish it. Managers must check whether their efforts to get things done well are actually improving things or preventing them from getting things done.


Lack of planning, poor concentration and lack of control over the environment lead to interruptions and distractions. They are unnecessary stealers of a manager's time and come in many forms. Drop in visitors, telephone calls, e-mails, unscheduled meetings, poor communication and a confused chain of authority, etc. Managers should be less willing to give up their time automatically because they demand it. If they want to work, they must learn to avoid distractions. They should work in places where they are least likely to be disturbed and tell people when they are busy and cannot be disturbed.

Does not deliver

Doing everything yourself is another pitfall that can cause managers to lose control. These time thieves feel that employees can never do anything. These thieves fear that something will go wrong if someone else takes the job. They have no time for long-range planning as they are caught up in day-to-day operations.

Unnecessary meetings

If a meeting is held without a specific program and nothing comes out of it, then clearly the meeting was unnecessary. Obviously, such meetings are a steal because time is wasted and things don't get started.

The shuffling blues

Managers waste a lot of time due to disorganization. Keeping the things they need in one place, de-cluttering, making sure they have all the materials or information they need before starting a task, and following a day planner or schedule will help avoid the shuffling blues.

Poor physical setup

Managers waste a lot of time not having the things they need within easy reach, and with many things they rarely need close at hand, they get the things they need back, of course, when they give them to others, they pull them. aside to steal some of their time.

Poor networking

Quality relationships with employees and others can be time-saving because they open doors for managers with all kinds of opportunities. Failing to develop a good network base will waste their time building whatever they can get through their network.

Bad attitude

Nothing ruins a day more effectively than having a bad attitude. This allows managers to keep track of problems and not rely on solutions and throw the day away. When they burden others with their problems and grievances, they waste their valuable time.

Negative people

Being around negative people can mean that managers are spending a lot of time listening to them but not getting much or anything meaningful out of them. Obviously, avoiding such people will help managers reduce wasted hours and get some of their productive time back.