29 Ways You’re Wasting Time Today

Wasting Time

You spend your day doing unnecessary activities.

Then, you wish you could have that time back.

We are all guilty of this at some point.

Where are you going to waste time today?

Where Is Your Time Wasted?

We all have the same amount of time in the day.

It all comes down to how your chose to spend yours.

Avoiding time-wasting activities can make all the difference.

What frivolous and silly ways do you waste time during your day?

Here are 29 Ways You’re Wasting Time Today:

  1. Complaining. No one gets what they want by whining. Instead, try asking.
  2. Commuting during rush hour. Time-shift your drive for less traffic.
  3. Gossiping. It never gets the work done.
  4. Doing other people’s work. Do your work first.
  5. Watching TV. No one ever accomplished their goals by sitting on the couch.
  6. Hanging out with negative people. Be careful, attitude is contagious.
  7. Procrastinating. Action now always beats inaction.
  8. Indecision. Make decisions or life will make them for you.
  9. Reading the news. Go on a media diet.
  10. Antagonizing others. If you don’t have something nice to say…
  11. Playing video games. Angry Birds doesn’t get work done. Neither does Words with Friends.
  12. Eating junk food. Do something active and get your body in motion.
  13. Making empty promises. Stop saying what you’re not going to do.
  14. Waiting for something to happen. Go out and make it happen.
  15. Attending unnecessary meetings. Practice the “Right to Decline” unneeded meetings.
  16. Reading Email. Only check it 3 times a day. Morning, noon, end of day.
  17. Answering the phone. Remember, your phone is there for your convenience.
  18. Playing Email Ping-Pong. Avoid the back-and-forth, go talk to someone.
  19. Not putting things away. You’ll have to look for them later.
  20. Surfing the web endlessly. One thing leads to another…
  21. Constantly updating your social media status. No one needs to know what you are eating for lunch.
  22. Not capturing ideas. Where did you write down that million dollar idea?
  23. Fighting with others. Agree to disagree, but skip the fight.
  24. Reading the tabloids. Do you need to know which celeb got arrested this week?
  25. Looking for things you misplaced. Make sure you have a place for your stuff.
  26. Letting email notifications interrupt your day. Turn off those pop-ups!
  27. Piling instead of filing. Piles are not organization.
  28. Not looking at your todo list. You wrote that task down, but you didn’t look at your list.
  29. Solving the same problems, again. Make sure you document solutions so you have them down the road.

What Shouldn’t You Do Today?

Sometimes it’s not what you do, but what you stop doing.

Protect your day from these time-wasters.

You just might have a little more time in your day.

Question: Where do you catch yourself wasting time?

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45 thoughts on “29 Ways You’re Wasting Time Today

  1. This is such a thorough list! I certainly agree with #25 – looking for things takes up too much time if you aren’t organized! Even if you just make places for those things you use often (keys, mobile phone, handbag, etc) at least you’ll save time by not having to hunt them down every other day. And good point with #29 – don’t keep repeating the same mistakes, create systems so that in the future you don’t run into the same problems 🙂

  2. I would say that #28 “Not looking at your todo list” could also easily be “just looking at your todo list”…action paralysis can often result if you have an unwieldy and poorly organised list. Staring at it isn’t going to make it any smaller!

  3. What about shopping whether in the mall or online? Most of the time we’re buying stuff we don’t need and then we do buy something we’ve spent too long comparing prices, specs, colors, or whatever else rather than just getting the first item that meets our needs within budget.

  4. All and all, a powerful list. Not being a slave to email is revolutionary (#16); I need to work on this. One I’d add that’s a cousin to complaining and and likes to hang out with procrastinating is WORRYING. A real time sucker…

  5. Great list, Craig. I am guilty of nearly all of these at times… I think I will print this out and review it nightly for a week. Ask if I was guilty of any of these. Which ones the most… knock one off with a permanent solution… Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  6. if everyone lived by you number 17 answering your phone then having a phone would be pointless as noone would ever answer any calls :

  7. Indecision. Make decisions or life will make them for you.

    -and we all know how life can be so “unfair”

    i’ve got another, reading a lot of comments on posts! you don’t need to read them all (guilty of this one while scrolling down the comments)

  8. I got to your article by going through my Twitter feed, which one might call surfing. I learn a lot this way. In specific contexts, some bad things are good.

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  10. Moving papers, files, pens around numerous times. If I put it where it goes, the problem does not happen. Im a vet tech so I naturally have numerous rooms….. that I walk in and out of for no reason, Ill open the drawers in there too to check for stock but I put no more in the drawer. I have questions about a form but do not want to bother anybody so I stand there and try to figure it out…… for about 30 mins.