wasting your time
Personal growth

How to Stop Wasting Your Time

January 31, 2018

What do you have in common with all the successful people you look up to? Time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Do you want to spend your time more mindfully? Do you want to lay in your bed at the end of the day with a smile on your face knowing that you achieved all you wanted throughout the day? Are you really satisfied with the way you spend your time or you think you’re wasting your time? If you think there’s room for better time management, keep reading.

 

1. Why are you wasting your time?

 

I always like to start with a ”why”. Why are you wasting your time and why do you want to change it are crucial questions to realize what do you actually want. It will give you the motivation to spend your time intentionally. Probably you find yourself wasting your time because it’s easier than actually doing something or you don’t even know what to do next. So just take a few minutes to focus on the solution, rather than just complain about the way you spend your time. Some questions that also might help are – what are your priorities at the moment/what does your ideal day look like.

 

2. What are you wasting your time on?

 

Make a list of all the things you know are huge distractions and time wasters. It can be hitting the snooze button (if you know you can get up at 7, set an alarm for 7 instead of setting it for 6.30 and then snoozing until you know it’s time to get up) or refreshing every social media account waiting for likes or for someone to post something (decide to live your life instead of looking at how other people live theirs). Whatever it is, make sure you know what it is so that you can remove it or reduce it in your life.

 

3. Make a to-do list.


We often find ourselves wasting our time when we don’t know what to do next. We might have all these desires but have no idea where to start. Break the big goal into smaller steps so that every day you have some task to focus on. If you want to be fit and healthy, you might want to meal prep today and do some yoga. If you want to start a YouTube channel, plan out your 1st video. There is always something you can do. Find out what it is that you can do today that will bring you closer to your goal. And then focus on that and start taking action.

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4. Do something productive while doing everyday tasks.


Listen to a podcast while cooking or listen to some Skillshare class while cleaning your house. There are so many podcasts on how to be healthier, more mindful etc. and so many Skillshare classes on photography, business, meditation, you name it. You can always learn something about things that interest you, even if you think you don’t have the time. I often listen to podcasts while I’m on the bus going somewhere. It just makes things we do every day more fun.

Here is a video all about productive habits you should implement in your daily life.

 

5. Challenge yourself.

 

If you find yourself constantly refreshing your IG feed, try locking your phone automatically after 10-20 minutes so when you’re done with your phone, put it away and the next time you reach it if it’s not locked it means that 10-20 minutes haven’t passed yet and try not to touch it until it’s locked. There are also heaps of apps for that same purpose so choose something that suits you. I do only that because I don’t like having a lot of apps, but you can experiment and find what works the best for you.

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6. Realize that you’re the only person in control of your time.


As I’ve said, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Are you going to watch the whole season of Stranger Things? Are you going to do something meaningful with your life? It’s your choice. Sure, it’s easier to press play and enjoy some movie while being curled up in a blanket with a cup of tea, but I’d suggest leaving that for the end of the day.
Work on your goals, work on yourself. Take the right steps that will lead you towards the life you’ll be excited for.
And always, always, take care of yourself. Relax when you need to but know the difference between relaxing and wasting your time.

For some extra motivation, check out my ”100 Steps Closer” eBook filled with motivational quotes, affirmations, journal prompts and action steps to get you 100 steps closer to the life you want. 

 

Related:
How to stop waiting and go after the life you want 
How to stay motivated and achieve your goals

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Have an amazing day,

I.

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  1. I like the idea about podcasts. I’ve recently started in a work environment with free WiFi. Lord knows I’m about to download the heck out of those audio books. 😜

  2. I agree completely. Time management of technology is the key forward. Too much time looking at screens is making the human race a little dull.

  3. Definitely the FaceBook and IG refreshes! lol It could be time spent working on our blog group and revamping our website. I like the idea of setting a list for the day and knocking out tasks. We just started a checklist for the week to help keep up with everything.

  4. Oh yes! There are so many distractions, social media being one of them. I go to sleep with it, and I wake up to it. I need to set limits. Thanks for this post!

    1. That was often my case… You might try putting your phone on the other side of the room when you decide to go to sleep or get into a habit of turning everything off after certain hour 🙂

  5. These are great ideas. My new years resolution is to better my life and stop taking life so seriously. If I make a list, I’m sure that will help me in with the process. Thank you.

  6. Netflix haha i was so much of it and doing homework takes me 20 times more. I actually turned it off last night, wrote down that I had to do and didn’t turn it back on until I was done with school work. I was so productive! But the show in watching is so tempting haha

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