Let's say you've got a big project due. It seems overwhelming to you, not necessarily because it's hard, but because you've got a deadline looming. So instead of digging in, you procrastinate. You check your email sixteen times or you kill time chatting up your co-workers, when really, the whole project would have seemed more manageable if you'd started working on it before you got to the point where thinking about it makes you want to curl up in a ball in your pajamas.
The same thing can happen in a more subtle way if you have multiple things to do. All of them might be productive and might be good uses of your time. The question is, what's the best use of your time? If you're an entrepreneur, does it make more sense to spend hours agonizing over the word placement in a direct mail ad, or to spend those same hours strategizing your online marketing campaign?
It's easy to waste time at work, even if it's unintentional. And sometimes, the waste isn't your fault--it's imposed by a manager who doesn't realize your time could be better spent or that if you streamlined a few things, it would save the company time and money.
So why not take a few hours to think about how you're spending your time? Is there a way you could work more efficiently or effectively? Do you have any ideas for how to be better organized? What would help you and your company grow the most?