The five thieves of time that prevent you from getting work done include: Too Much Work-in-Progress (WIP)--Work that has started, but is not yet finished. Sometimes referred to as partially completed work. Unknown Dependencies--Something you weren't aware of that needs to happen before you can finish. Unplanned Work--Interruptions that prevent you from finishing something or from stopping at a better breaking point. Conflicting Priorities--Projects and tasks that compete with each other. This is exacerbated when you are uncertain about what the most important thing is to do. Neglected Work--Partially completed work that sits idle on the bench.