Do you ever find yourself saying, “what did I do all day? It’s night already, I feel like I was busy all day, but I have nothing to show for it.” If you have these feelings, you might be a victim. A victim who has fallen trap of some time-wasting habits.

The habits will keep you busy, but you’d feel unproductive. They’d keep you from accomplishing your goals and dreams. Therefore, you need to identify that which consumes you, your time and leaves you unproductive. What are the major time wasters you are dealing with? Here are few if not all the time wasters.


You must have heard the saying that “procrastination is a thief of time.” Of course, it is because you’d spend your time putting off the things that need to be done. You’d cultivate the habit of postponing tasks. So, if you find yourself struggling with procrastination, you need to implement the “Do it Now” principle.

Lack of Self-discipline

Self-discipline is understanding what to pay attention to. It helps you to stay on track so you can fully honour your commitments. If you lack this, it can become a problem because structure supports your creativity.

Social Media

When you plan to spend 30 minutes on social media, make sure you stick to the time. Else, you’d find yourself spending more than two hours while neglecting your important tasks.  We are all involved in the use of social media platforms for various reasons, but you need to decrease the time you spend there.

Failing to Plan

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Lack of planning wastes your valuable time. You need to get a to-do list to avoid figuring out what to fix. Just make the plans simple, and get into the mind set of planning your day/week ahead.


This is a major time waster because you grumble on tasks which should have been done. Also, you spend hours getting angry when you need to be cheerful.

Saying Yes Too Much

Well, it’s difficult to say that helping is a time waster, but it can be the case in some instances. If you say yes to one thing, that means you have to say no to something else and that something else can be more important in your life. So, start communicating what you can and cannot do to others. That doesn’t make you a bad person.

Unnecessary Tasks

Most times, you spend time on tasks that don’t need to be done. Before you start a project, think if it is something that will worth your time. Also, ask if it is going to improve you. Just try to evaluate it before starting it.

Comparing Yourself to Others

Why would you decide to wallow in pain because of the inability to be like others? Why would you compare yourself to your friends, siblings and co-workers? You need to get off the habit of comparing yourself. Embrace your strength and weakness and be willing to learn from others.

Dwelling About the Past

This brings up the word “should,” and it comes from the unexamined beliefs that unconsciously guide your behaviour. Then, it results in guilts. Instead of thinking of the way forward, you’d blame your present based on your past. So, try to learn from the past to avoid such mistakes.

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Lack of Priorities

Prioritising what is important to you is the best step in using the time we have more intentionally. If it is not important to you, then you shouldn’t waste your time doing it.

So, always try to eliminate these time wasters from your daily activities.

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