Guest Post: Time Robbers

A large portion of my coaching sessions center around dealing with interruptions to the work day. How do you get everything done this week that you know is important and needs to be accomplished? Have you ever felt that there just isn’t enough time to do it all?

Sure most of us have felt that way.  We’ve either planned to do more than we possibly could, or, as is most commonly the case, we’ve allowed ourselves to be subjected to time robbers. Time robbers are the people or the things that distract us from achieving what we set out to do.

These can be anything like customers or team members stopping by for a chat, fixing mistakes made by your employees, dealing with unimportant phone calls and emails, etc… So, how can you deal with the time robbers in your life?

First you have to identify them, isolate the ones that are holding you back. You can’t change anything if you don’t know what the problem is; get clarity.

Then you must develop strategies for dealing with the robbers of your time and commit to implementing these strategies so you can get back on track to achieving what you set out to do each week.

What you can do right now:

  1. Grab a blank sheet of paper and on the left hand side list the ‘top 10’ time robbers in your life (this should only take 3 minutes).
  2. Look back over your list and visualize what life will be like when these time robbers are out of your life.  What would get done; what would be accomplished in your day?
  3. Then on the right hand side of your list write down possible strategies for dealing with your time robbers.  This is the tougher part.  Stay with it; there’s a solution to virtually every problem, and it usually it starts with ourselves, and what we enable in our lives.
  4. Finally, commit to dealing with your time robbers right away. This commitment is the key to really regaining control over your time.  And find a coach or accountability partner to keep you honest and moving forward.

Everyone has time challenges, so stop the excuse train and change the results you’re getting by facing and conquering your time robbers.


Doug Savidge started his own ActionCOACH business 6 years ago and is now one of the top coaches Pennsylvania.  Doug acts as a coach and mentor for numerous businesses in the Greater Susquehanna Valley and mentors on the courage, faith, and commitment it takes to be a business owner.  You can find Doug’s Blog at


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Posted on May 14, 2012, in Guest Post, Leadership and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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