In such a fast-paced society, one’s time management is at the forefront of one’s mind. We like to say that we’re being productive and using our time as best as we can, but in reality, it’s easy to get sidetracked and distracted by small things that throw us off our game. So today, I thought that I’d make a post about 12 of the biggest time wasters – I got these from a handout from my university and decided to share them. Hopefully, these help you utilize your time better and refocus on the important things at hand.
Lack of Priorities
When you can, take a step back and evaluate what your largest priorities are. They’re often aligned with your goals, so make sure that they’re clear and you have a game plan to achieve those goals. Most importantly, don’t get involved in cases that aren’t important to you. Seriously, that YouTube video will still be there when you finish your work.
Waiting for Inspiration
If you’re always waiting for inspiration in order to finish a task, chances are that you’ll never really finish it. New ideas are the result of work and taking action. Inspiration comes as you continue to work towards your goals, not while you sit around hoping for it to show up on your doorstep.
Doing Everything By Yourself
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Nobody successful got to where they are by themselves, no matter how it appears. The people around you are more than willing to help, so don’t be afraid to reach out.
Worrying About What People Will Say
It can be quite difficult to ignore people’s judgements about you, but learn that in order to move forward, some people’s opinions simply don’t matter. What matters is the goal you’re trying to reach, and whether or not they align with your beliefs and your values. Worrying does no good, and is perhaps the biggest waste of time – it never changes the outcome, but stresses you out instead.
Not Living Your Life
At the end of the day, it’s your life, and you should live it how you wish. Live your truth. Listen to your heart, follow your own path, and learn to say no.
The Fear of Failure
I could make a whole other post on this topic. To keep it brief, the fear of failure can prevent you from moving toward your goal and hinders you from progress. Overcoming the fear of failure takes a lot of work, but it comes down to you. Positively reinforce yourself, truly believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who believe in you.
This changes nothing and only makes the situation seem worse than it really is. When things go wrong, you just have to act.
Execute them. Finish them as soon as you can – don’t leave it hanging and clouding over you.
Trying to Please Everyone
This is impossible. Just please yourself.
Don’t be bitter, jealous, or insecure! As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. In this case, it’s also the thief of time: focus on yourself, and everything will be fine.
Repeating the Same Mistakes
It’s fine to make mistakes. We all make mistakes – that’s how we learn and grow. What’s not progressive or helpful is making the same mistakes repeatedly, especially if you know that it might happen. Instead, evaluate what went wrong and led you to make the mistake, and think of ways to avoid making the same mistake. Use mistakes as ways for progress and self-improvement, and the time you might’ve spent making the same mistakes becomes the time you invest in yourself and your own well-being.
Just do it! Easier said than done, but there’s no such thing as absolute perfection; everyone has their own definition of ‘perfect’. Don’t let perfectionism hinder you from getting a task done – it wastes more time. Remember, done is better than perfect!
I hope these 12 things were helpful and that they made you reflect on your own habits and whether or not some of these are ingrained in you. I wish you all the best on your journey for self-improvement and better time management.
(Disclaimer: featured image was found on Google images!)