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Stop wasting your time on these 8 things!

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

The months of 2020 have passed by in a flash and quarantine or not, time does not wait for anyone. Start valuing your time before it is too late.

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Time is money yet we still fail to value it. We live for the present and forget to look at the bigger picture. This short-sightedness is what differentiates the successful from the rest. Successful people realize the importance of time - the most valuable resource on this planet. The time that has gone by is never coming back.

Every goal that you want to achieve requires a lot of time and effort. Shortcuts don't exist - so you need to set priorities for yourself and achieve your short-term and long-term goals. Here are the biggest time-wasting activities -

  • Binge-watching TV - Spending hours watching Netflix, Amazon Prime, or TV, in general, every day is the most common time-waster. Instead of binge-watching, use Netflix as a way to treat yourself for completing your tasks of the day.

A man watching Netflix on his television.
  • Mindlessly browsing - Simply scrolling through social media without a purpose can easily add up to hours wasted every day. When you have nothing to do, the first thing you do is pick up your phone and simply scroll through social media. Instead, use social media for your benefit. Learn something, start a side hustle, or make a difference.

  • Having no schedule - Most people never fix a schedule for them or have a to-do list. Knowing what you need to do every day beforehand helps in avoiding wasting time wondering what to do. You will put your time to the best use and be more organized. Multitasking - People who boast of their multitasking skills may not like this. It is hard enough to focus on one task alone, it is harder to focus on multiple tasks at the same time, and even then, do them properly. You are more efficient in doing one thing at a time.

  • Waiting for things - Stop waiting for things to happen to you and instead get out there and make them happen. Sometimes we wait for the right moment, forgetting that the right moment is now. On the other hand, we also end up wasting time waiting for a friend, for the bus, metro, or just waiting, in general. At times you cannot avoid it but there is a way to utilize it by listening to podcasts. Refresh your mind and gain valuable insights through podcasts.

  • Surrounding yourself with negativity - Eliminate negative, toxic energy around you. Surround yourself with positivity and those who motivate you rather than weigh you down. This will elevate your mood leading to an increase in productivity.

  • Pointless meetings - Meetings are often seen as a waste of time because they aren’t used effectively. Unproductive meetings cost businesses not only valuable time but also money. Meetings should only be done when absolutely necessary.

  • Excessive socializing - There is nothing wrong with socializing but excessive socializing will always take the time away from your goals. Learn to say no when required by prioritizing yourself.

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Krysten Quiles
Krysten Quiles
31 mar 2021

I've been off work for 3 weeks - it started with an illness and waiting on Covid results (negative, thank goodness). During that time I wasn't sleeping well, so even after I could come back to work I ended up with anxiety induced insomnia. I've found during this time at home that I am STRUGGLING. Going to take your tips to heart so hopefully I can get back on track!

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