10 Hidden Time Wasters
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10 Hidden Time Wasters

that you may be unknowingly doing
3.8 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
412 students enrolled
Created by Laura Rose
Last updated 12/2013
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Recognize the 10 Hidden Time Wasters
  • How to use the 10 tools to eliminate the time wasters
  • How to use your calendar to eliminate time wasters
  • Where to get more information and tools
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  • No formal course requirement required

Many of us have complained about the lack of time at one time or another. If you are consistently running out of time, there may be a few things that you are unknowing doing. Some of the top hidden time wasters are below. We often fall into their trap because we don't readily recognize them.

Who is the target audience?
  • Individuals interested in excelling in the IT and Software Professional arena.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
10 Hidden Time Wasters
6 Lectures 40:48


  • To help professional recognize some of the hidden time wasters
  • To help them identify which hidden time waster they unknowingly but frequently trip over
  • To help them identify their next course of action, after they have done their self-assessment

The purpose of this introductory course isn't to provide you with detail training on all 10 Hidden Time Wasters. Instead, it tries to help you recognize and acknowledge some things you are unknowingly doing. The first step in correcting those traits is to recognize them.

Purpose of this class

Practice business networking by using this program and contacting your online classmates. These professionals have the same goals and career development plans as you do. Take advantage of those shared aspects to build a strong collaborative working relationship.

Preview 01:01

Before we get started, please take a moment to outline what you are willing to do to achieve your time management and productivity goals. Use this 1-page worksheet to help clarify your intentions.

Download the form from the supplementary materials section.

Preview 00:23

Many of us have complained about the lack of time at one time or another. If you are consistently running out of time, there may be a few things that you are unknowing doing. Some of the top hidden time wasters are below. We often fall into their trap because we don't readily recognize them.

10 Hidden Time Wasters

1. Allowing things to repeat without investigation and/or fixing

2. Not recognizing opportunities that could propel us forward

3. Not reusing our own accomplishments to our advantage

4. Spending time on unimportant items

5. Spending our entire time making and putting out fires (creating critical/stop production situations for ourselves).

6. Using imagined dependencies to stall us

7. Working hard to stay in the same place; using energy to keep the status quo

8. Not asking for exactly what you want

9. Complaining with no explicit call to action

10. Spending energy and attention well past the benefit

Preview 22:06

Just a quick break with Time Management Cartoons and Quotes. Enjoy.

Take A Break

Let's see these tips in action by visiting:

  • Mark - an accountant,
  • Sally - project manager
  • Nathan - help desk supervisor
  • Mary - speaker and author
Real World Scenarios

You will be given a few real-world scenarios to help you better recognize time-wasting issue.

Scenario based quiz
5 questions
Related Worksheets, Articles and eBooks
8 Lectures 03:52

Download the supplementary materials. It is a quick worksheet to solidify some of your goals and help assess where you can streamline.

Continue to meet with your manager to verify that you are spending your time and effort on activities appropriate for your pay grade and level.

Time Waster Worksheet

Reviewing these tips does us very little, if we don't take action. Below is a helpful implementation and profess chcklist for your use. Pick an accountability partner with similar goals (check with the people taking this same course), set a regular meeting dates, and review your progress on these times.

Hold each other accountable for each other's goals. It will help.

Instructions for the worksheet

    1)Review each items and rank your current progress on each item

    2)Don’t get overwhelmed, and just look at the items that you marked at 6, and 7.

    3)Put a plan together the increase just those items at least an 8.

    4)Once those items have moved to an 8, you will see that the others have moved up as well.

    5)Repeat until all items are at least to an 8

Implementation and Progress Checklist

Most of us use a Pro and Con list to help make decisions. Consider using this Pro and XCon worksheet to eliminate the Cons to make faster and more successful decisions.

Download the form in the Supplementary Material section.

Pro and XCon Worksheet for Effective and Rapid Decision Making

Become the CEO and Rainmaker of your own life. Fill out this checklist to help get you there.

Rainmaker Checklist

Take time to celebrate your accomplishment by outlining your accomplishments in this worksheet.

Download the worksheet from the Supplementary Material section.

Revisit this course from time to time. As you continue to evolve, your perspective on certain things will also change. And this course will also continue to evolve and change. Check back.

Celebrating Your Journey

There are many online tools to help you build a new habit to success. This is a list of 10 (mostly free) tools. Review and find the ones that best fit your personality and MO.

10 Tools for New Habits and Achieving goals

As a bonus to our students, I am adding the Zipinar Ebook for this class ($21.00 value). A Zipinar is my term for an ebook that contains the presentation slides along with the speaker notes. It allows you to quickly skim the slides without missing the speaker notes.

If you go to "full screen" view, you will able to read the speaker notes on the screen.

You can also download the ebook separately eiher through the Supplementary Materials or the lecture area. (Same version - just two methods of downloading.)

10 Hidden Time Wasters Zipinar Ebook Bonus
21 pages

This book is included as a bonus for subscribing to this Laser Lesson.

Download the book from the Supplementary Material tab.

This eBook outlines 105 Real-World, professional situations and provides positive solutions to those difficult scenarios.

The Book of Answers: 105 Career Critical Situations
59 pages
Bonus Lecture
3 Lectures 16:53

This Laser-Lesson is also part of a larger, comprehensive package. The Laser-Lesson Strategy provides a full road-map to success. You can pick and choose your curriculum OR you can investigate the full package.

The other Laser-Lessons cover

  • Getting that Well-Deserved Raise (Available NOW )
  • 10 Career Boosting Resolutions (Available NOW )
  • 10 Hidden Time Wasters (Available Now )
  • 10 Tips for Telecommuters (Available Now )
  • 12 Tips to Realistic Scheduling (Available Now )
  • Professional Development Toolkit (Available Now )
  • Business Networking 101 for IT Professionals
  • Survival Guide for the Remote Employee
  • How to work with someone you don’t like
  • How to move from Engineer to Manager and beyond
  • The secrets behind accurate estimating and exceptional on-time delivery
  • And much more

Timepeace: Making peace with time

Can purchase TimePeace: Making peace with time by following either links;

Direct from publisher

From amazon.com here

Next Steps

12 Tips to Realistic Scheduling

10 Tools in 10 Minutes included in the toolkit (but not limited to):

1.Professional Business Commitment Plan

2.Individual Career Development Plan

3.Meeting Management Checklist

4.One-on-one Manager/Employee Agenda

5.Non-negotiable and Imperative Charts

6.Professional Press Kit

7.Appropriate Client Response Cheat Sheet

8.Business Networking Strategy Plan

9.Leverage Links Process

10.URGO Method to prioritizing tasks

10 Tools in 10 Minutes Review
About the Instructor
Laura Rose
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847 Students
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Business and Professional Development Coach

About Laura Rose

  • Do you feel pushed and pulled in all directions?
  • Do you find that once you complete one task, 3 more pop up to replace it?
  • Do you ever feel so busy that you don’t even have time to delegate?

The truth is chaos does not have to be a way of life.

Hi, my name is Laura Rose. I am a speaker and author. My background is in time and project management.

I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn new technology or train their staff. I have a knack for taking big ideas and converting them into smart, sound, and actionable ideas.

At the end of the day, I give people peace of mind.


Even though Laura excelled in the corporate environment, she felt a calling toward something more.Laura now uses her time management, work life balance and personal development skills as a efficiency coach and Corporate Exit Strategist.Laura Lee Rose helps people blend their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative transition strategies to help her clients realize what really matters to them. Combining inspired action with practical, tangible techniques easily lead you toward more autonomy, freedom and balance.

If you are ready for your next chapter, learn more about Laura and her products contact her directly.

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Laura authors many articles and workshops on time management and strategic scheduling (click here for full list of articles) Laura offers one-on-one career and life coaching, small group coaching, seminars and workshops.You can learn more about her at www.LauraLeeRose.com

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When we integrate all that we are into what we do, we are free from doubt. We are at our best because we are working through inspiration. But it's difficult to follow one's passion, if we don't know what inspires us. Or we can't find the time.

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Certified Business and Personal Life Coach