A brilliant technique for filters out time wasters is to give them some work to do. Most time wasting comes in the form of someone asking you to do something, and so the technique works by asking them to do something before you can start.
In many cases, that person won’t bother doing what you asked, and so you have relinquished the responsibility of doing what they asked.
This works for two reasons:
- It adds a cost to asking you for something. Nobody values anything that is free, either financially or effort-wise.
- Many people are lazy and won’t do what you ask, and so it will save you a lot of time and effort.