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Quiz yourself: Are you wasting time?

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

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Don't fool yourself! Find out if you are wasting time due to bad time management habits.

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We've all been there: up early, home late and busy all day long... and yet, we didn't seem to accomplish much! Maybe it's time to ask yourself if you're spending a portion of your day just wasting time.

1Do you constantly multi-task?

If the answer is yes, you may be shifting gears too often. Save time by giving a task your full attention and completing it before you move on to the next thing. Give the task the concentration it deserves and get it done correctly so you don't have to redo it.

2Does your inbox rule?

Emails can be one of the biggest time wasters in the modern world. Don't let your inbox control your time. If you check it more than a couple of times daily, it's costing you productive time.

3Do you always answer the phone?

If the answer is yes, you are probably wasting time on conversations that are purely social and taking up valuable time that you don't have to spare. Let your voicemail record messages and respond to them when it is more convenient for your schedule.

4Can you say no?

Throughout the week, people ask you to attend events or take on additional projects -- adding more stress to your busy schedule. Learning how to politely say no to these requests will allow you to use the time saved for things you need to do for yourself and your family. You don't have to justify your answer -- simply tell the person that you can't take on anything else at this time and end the conversation.

5Do you play on the Internet?

It's astonishing how much time we can waste just by checking our Facebook and Twitter accounts or browsing other social media and internet-shopping websites. Once you're signed on, it's tempting to stay for awhile and time slips away. Confine your internet play to your leisure time!

6Do you chat up co-workers?

Be honest! What starts as a greeting often evolves into a long -- and time consuming -- discussion. Be cordial to your co-workers, but remember that you are at the office to work. Greet them and get on with your job.

7Do you follow a schedule?

If your answer is no, it's time to get organized with a plan and a to-do list. List what you need to accomplish during the day in order of priority. If you have errands, plan them out so you aren't backtracking all over town wasting both time and fuel. A little planning goes a long way toward saving you time.

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