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hard at work oneWhat causes workers to waste the most time at the office? Texting? Surfing the Web?

New research from CareerBuilder http://www.careerbuilder.com indicates that personal use of technology is one of the leading culprits behind unproductive activity at work. One in four workers (24%) admitted that, during a typical workday, they will spend at least one hour a day on personal calls, emails or texts.

So, what can be done to curb this disturbing trend? Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, offers the following tips to avoid wasting time on the job:

1) Organize and prioritize – De-clutter your workspace and clearly lay out your game plan for the week. What do you need to accomplish each day? How much time will each project take? Which projects have the highest priority?

2) Limit interruptions – Incoming calls and co-workers dropping by to chat about their weekend can break your concentration and eat up time. Block off a conference room to work on a project to avoid distractions at your desk. Read your email at intervals instead of opening each one as soon as it comes in. Consider telecommuting on certain days.

3) Avoid unnecessary meetings – Don’t set aside an hour to meet about an issue or initiative that can be addressed with a hard at work twoquick phone call. Politely decline the meeting invitation and follow up with the organizer.

4) Get personal on your own time – Whether you want to call a friend, take advantage of an online sale or post a picture of your dog on your social profile, do it during your lunch hour or break time or after work.

5) Communicate wisely – Don’t spend 20 minutes crafting an email to the person sitting in the next cubicle. Save time by picking up the phone or walking over to your colleague’s desk.

6) Don’t delay the inevitable – Finding other things to do so you can put off a less preferred project will only end up wasting more time. Don’t procrastinate. Dive in and tackle the task at hand.

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