Aren’t there sometimes you feel that you have a million things to do but magically the time has flown away? Are you sure you take good advantage of the time you have available? Most of us hardly ever realize how many things we do that really waste our time.
Table of Contents
- Things That Waste Our Time
- 1. Excessive Use of Social Media
- 2. Watching Television
- 3. Reading or Watching The News
- 4. Long Phonecalls
- 5. Lack of Planning
- 6. What Other People Think
- 7. Toxic Relationships
- 8. Too Much Shopping
- 9. Procrastination
- 10. Perfectionism
- 11. Multitasking
- 12. Being Interrupted
- 13. Lack of Organization
- 14. Lack of Motivation
- 15. Clutter
Things That Waste Our Time
1. Excessive Use of Social Media
I bet most of you are aware of this. You probably can recall moments when you just opened a social media application to look at one notification and you also started scrolling the updates feed for minutes or maybe hours. They structure social media in such a way that they can grab your attention and hold it for as much as possible. I would add social media scrolling as the most time-wasting activity.
However, social media is part of our modern way of living, and very few people can live without them. In order to use them in a less time-consuming way, I would suggest you keep track of the time you spend using them. Shut down all the notifications and just assign specific time frames during the day when you will check at them or just set on a timer each time you use one.
2. Watching Television
Most people who waste their time watching TV do it almost without even thinking about it. Turning the TV on becomes more like a habit for lots of people. I have heard people saying that they feel lonely at home when the TV isn’t on. TV programs are also created with the philosophy of grabbing the audience’s attention.
I can understand it if you are a fan of TV shows, but keep your time accountable. Think of all those things you are missing while you are sitting in front of a TV. If you really feel you need to watch something, just choose one or two things and keep track of the time you spend doing so.
3. Reading or Watching The News
Learning what new has happened can become addictive. Before you know it, you will check again and again to learn the latest news. You feel you want to be the first one to know. Although I can understand that it is important to be aware of major events that might happen in your country or in the world, how many of them truly affect your life?
I would also suggest that you assign a small amount of time, like 10 minutes each day, to go through some news, and that should be enough. Do not get carried away trying to learn everything. Even if you do so, you probably can not even use this knowledge.
4. Long Phonecalls
Making phone calls and staying in touch with family, friends and loved ones is important. However, talking on the phone for hours without having something meaningful to share could just be a waste of time. You can use your phone to check on how someone is doing, but it is much more meaningful, if it is possible, to plan a meeting.
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5. Lack of Planning
When you do not have a clear vision or plan of what you want to do, you will most possibly lose lots of time thinking about what you could do next. Before you start working on something, spend some time thinking of all those things that are important and need to be done and in what order. Think of how much time each one of them might need and plan the time ahead.
Planning could be a life changer, can help you save lots of energy, and save you from wasting your time.
6. What Other People Think
At some point in our lives, we are all guilty of wasting time and mental energy by carrying about what other people think about us. There are people who even get mentally ill trying to fulfill other people’s expectations of them. We are all unique. We have unique qualities and needs. Nobody else can define your value more than yourself.
Everyone else might think whatever they wish and so can you about them. But you know what? It is ok. You should not care about what other people think about you as well as they shouldn’t care about what you think about them. Everybody’s mind is free to think whatever it wishes to. Do not waste your precious time carrying about what other people think about you.
7. Toxic Relationships
Life is already difficult. Relationships should exist to add value to our lives and make us feel good about ourselves. Being in relationships that underestimate you or make you feel bad about yourself are simply bad relationships. Relationships that do not worth neither you nor your time and efforts.
Let go of any toxic relationship that is a total waste of time. Let the best relationship grow to the fullest, the one you have with yourself.
8. Too Much Shopping
Sometimes you do it because it offers some kind of temporary satisfaction. Some other times because you really need something but you keep on seeing things you also like and keep shopping. Too much shopping, apart from being a waste of time, is also a great waste of money.
Most of the time, for lots of the things you bought you realize you do not even need them. Before you shop something, do yourself a favor and ask him whether you really need this one. Is it something you can live without? If the answer is yes, then you had better do so.
Procrastinating is to avoid doing something that you must do which is not that pleasant in favor of something else that you enjoy more. We procrastinate when we avoid working on a demanding task and prefer working on more easy ones. Even worst we procrastinate when we rather do something completely irrelevant than what we have to do.
Procrastination is nothing more than a bad habit and, as a habit, it needs effort and consistency in order to be beaten. When you procrastinate, you waste your precious time by doing something different from what you are supposed to be doing.
Trying to do everything perfectly is such a waste of time. Lots of perfectionists never complete something because of their fear that their product will not be good enough for their standards. Perfect is impossible, and trying to achieve perfection can only lead to disappointment.
Progress is what everyone should work on and not perfection. To accomplish everything better than the last time. To be a better person than who you were yesterday. That is the only true and feasible target to aim for.
There was a time when people who could perform several tasks at the same time were considered being more qualified and more clever than others. However, studies have proved that multitasking is not an efficient way to work. Multitasking demands a transition time period from one task to the other.
This amount of time wasted while jumping from one task to another is relatively big compared to the time that would be needed to perform a single task while being fully concentrated. Thus, although multitasking might sound like a good idea, it actually is a big waste of time.
12. Being Interrupted
This one goes hand in hand with multitasking. When you perform a task and you are fully concentrated on it, everything moves on smoothly. When you get interrupted, you lose your focus. Getting back to the same level of concentration as you were before being interrupted will need several minutes or even hours, depending on the complexity of the task.
Thus, it is better when you need to perform a task that needs your foul attention to choose a time and a place where nobody could interrupt you.
13. Lack of Organization
Sometimes all you need to be more productive and make a good use of your time is just to become better organized. Not knowing what you need to do and when can be such a waste of time. Put some things in order. Decide what you need to prioritize. Organize whatever it is you might need.
Make sure that you know where to find whatever it is you need each time. Bad organization can slow down everything.
14. Lack of Motivation
Motive is what you need to start and complete everything. Without a proper motive, even if you start something, you will lack the consistency you need to return to it day after day until you finally complete it. Starting something just to quit a few days or months later can waste your time.
Get motivated by thinking of the overall result that your new attempt will bring into your life. Let those thoughts be the reason you wake up each morning and return to what you need to do.
Maybe you do not understand it right away, but clutter can be the reason behind your feelings of frustration and lack of concentration. A cluttered space is so easy to create distractions and prevent you from focusing on that one task you really must do. The same stands for a cluttered computer, inbox emails, or even your own mind and thoughts.
Declutter to feel the difference. Although it might seem irrelevant at first, clutter could lead to a waste of time.
What about you? Is there anything else you can think of that wastes our time?
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