ARE YOU WASTING TIME?
“One who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys.” (Proverbs 18:9, NIV)
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According to a Salary.com survey the average worker admits to wasting about 2 hours a day, excluding lunch and scheduled breaks. That’s twenty-five percent of our workday!
Depending on the size of the company for which you are working, the wasted dollar amount can be astronomical. The results of the survey revealed that there are many time-wasting activities, but the two biggest are surfing the internet (for personal use) and socializing with co-workers.
When asked why they waste time at work about one-third of those taking the survey said they don’t have enough work to stay busy for a full eight hours. One-quarter of the respondents felt like they were underpaid so it was okay if they didn’t give 100% all the time. It seems ironic that a person could waste 25% of their day and actually expect to get paid more.
If you do your work with excellence – and for God’s glory – you will typically reap positive benefits. Certainly there are occasions when an employer doesn’t recognize or reward faithful workers, but as your skill and value grows, it also gives you more opportunity to work for someone who does appreciate your value.
Take a look at a typical workday. If you’re wasting time at your job consider the consequences. Your company is less productive, resulting in fewer profits, and you run the risk of losing your job altogether. In addition, your poor example may cause someone else to stumble, making you a “brother to one who destroys”. Most importantly, by being “slack in your work” you won’t be working with your whole heart, nor will you be working in a way that honors the Lord.
Keep track of your “downtime”. Examine your daily activities and find your level of productivity. If you’re wasting time at work, don’t make excuses – and don’t expect a raise! Remember, we reap what we sow.
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Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!
- On the Clock: How Americans Waste Time at Work (mint.com)
- Wasting time is not a waste (sethgodin.typepad.com)
- 7 Critical Tips for Time Management (mckremie.com)
- Waste Time Watching ‘Procrastination: The Musical’ (mashable.com)
- Workplace Distractions (themarlincompany.com)
- All workers are wasting time (nzherald.co.nz)
- “All this time and money wasted on fashion – do you think it makes that much difference?” ~~Jesus (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- 6 Small Business Time Traps and How to Avoid Them (grasshopper.com)