If you really want to be ineffective, and a time waster here are 5 things you can do.
1. Put a to do list together of at least 10 things you intend to accomplish
This will show your ambitious intent to achieve many things, but will guarantee that you will make little progress in any of them despite the huge amount of time you spend on them.
Long to do lists and then multitasking is a great way to look really busy and waste time. The longer the list the more mismanagement of time results.
2. Kiss up to your boss
Focus on what THEY want.
Ignore the priorities of the organization and just look to your boss for a sense of what you should be doing. Devote your day to asking what you can do for them.
Ignore your strategic plan as a reference point for what you do.
3. Write activity reports on everything you do
Include every action you take in excruciating detail — meetings, the topic of the meeting, the people at the meeting, conferences attended, courses signed up for and so on.
The longer your report showing a diversity of activity the better.
Share your reports with everyone you can think of.
Make sure people know that you are a busy bee. And be sure to complain about how exhausted you are.
4. Send emails when you have something to say
…And make every message sound complicated because it communicates how important you are.
Attend face-to-face meetings with people only on rare occasions.
Sitting across the table from another person can be upsetting sometimes and could force you to answer questions you’d rather avoid.
Emails are great, on the other hand, as you can provide input and be part of the decision making process without the discomfort of having to explain your opinions to other people.
Your ideas don’t have to bear scrutiny; you can scatter as many as you want “to the wind”.
5. Stay late at the office
…And make sure everyone knows you’re doing it.
The more time you put in, the more activities you are able to engage in. Therefore you get the most out of the time available.
And be sure to include your hours in your activity reports along with a complicated sounding reason you decided to put in the extra time.
(And by the way, make sure your boss knows).
It’s not easy mismanaging your time, but if you follow these 5 actions you’d be surprised about how little you will accomplish.