Top 10 Time Killers [Infographic]


If time is money, how much is your time worth? Whatever the figure, think about each and every activity that you’re spending time on on a regular basis. Whether it is sending unnecessary emails and checking for a response, or just surfing the net, we all waste time. To quote Peter Drucker ‘Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed’.

Remember the time and motion studies of the 60’s ? This was a method for establishing employee productivity and was used by many businesses all over the world to improve efficiency. These methods may no longer be in daily use, but the basic idea of trying to find the best way of managing our time is highly relevant today, given all the distracting technology we are now surrounded with.

A survey by was used to compile a list of the top ten time killers, based on people spending between 1 and 2 hours a day on non-productive activities. The obvious time wasters hold the top 3 places, but it is interesting to see that fourth place is procrastination. 19% of people who took part in the survey admitted they spend between  one and two hours a day just putting things off.

Non-business related conversations are another major time waster, with 9 out of 10 confessing to spending up to 2 hours a day on idle chatter. With an horrendous 75% admitting to using social network sites such as Twitter or Facebook for up to 2 hours a day it is easy to see how we fritter our time away.

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Comments: 2

  • Warren says:

    I like how email is number one. (It’s also the very first one that popped up in my head). For myself meetings can easily take over my own number two spot, and I’ve found myself in recent years trying to make sure meetings are productive as much as possible for my team. I feel I have a firm grasp on most of the others though Travel has since made a huge dent in my war on unproductivity! :) (Sure it’s a word) LOL

  • Sarah Park says:

    Very realistic infographic. I’d say my no. 1 time killer is internet surfing, especially on social media sites.

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