This is excerpt from CIA’s “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” that was issued in 1944 and declassified in 2008. It was intended for everyday people who wanted to help Allies by undermining productivity and order in their countries. Many of the instructions seem to be so relevant in today’s corporate world that I get the feeling war is not over yet. I see many secret agents still working hard all around us.
I have trained several hundred people in last couple years on personal productivity. When we get to time wasters people tend to call out well known culprits. Almost nobody ever mentions two biggest time wasters ever. Two time wasters that are by far taking most of our time.
Email, meetings, phone calls, colleagues stopping by, travel – guess, you have very similar list on your mind.