“While I’m At It” can be a real time saver. It consolidates tasks, saves trips, and helps us to do related tasks in bunches. It’s essential for Service workers who are always on the move.
“While I’m At It” can also be a real time stealer, along with its cousin, “Just One More Thing.” For example: while I’m checking my email, I’ll just click this link my cousin sent … “While I’m At It” makes the time go by before we’ve gotten our work done. It makes us late for appointments. It fragments our time just as easily as it can consolidate it, if we’re not careful.
This week, listen for “While I’m At It.” Jot down what you’re doing when you use it. Are you using it to consolidate your tasks, or to get one more little thing done–a little thing that isn’t really important, and is just stalling you from real work? If it’s fragmenting your work, take note, stop, and move on.