I am not talking about actual thieves, but time thieves. They are harmless items, common office accessories that frequently “steal” time.
Paperclips. How many times have you searched for a document only to (maybe) find it trapped beneath multiple sheets of paper by a paperclip? Use staples when possible. They can always be removed later.
Pencil cup. It’s so convenient to have pens and pencils at your fingertips. But who needs fifteen? or fifty? How many of them no longer write? Keep a few spares in your desk drawer instead.
Notepads Everyone has note pads. They come in handy. But they also encourage note taking on small pieces of paper, which become lost in the “shuffle”. Use a to-do list or your planning calendar to take notes.
Take a look around your office and see if you have any time thieves. They could be unused electronics crowding your desk, or old post-it notes covering the edge of your monitor or broken office equipment. Perhaps they have taken another form. Look for them because they are there. Wasted minutes add up to squandered hours.