Time is what we want most but what we use worst. - William Penn
10 Time Wasting Habits You Need to Cut Out of Your Life for Good
10 Time Wasting Habits You Need to Cut Out of Your Life for Good

Each one of us has just 24 hours in a day. But what really makes the difference is that, how these 24 hours are being used.

Using our time wisely increases our productivity and brings us more close to our success goals. It is important to add value to our time.

Habits are not formed in a day. It takes so many days to inculcate a new habit.

No one sets out trying to form habits that waste their time and hold them back from achieving their goals.

Yet most people end up with a couple, or a lot, of them.

The first thing towards getting rid of time-wasting habits is to address them. It is only after the self-evaluation that you should start taking action.

Set yourself up for success by cutting these biggest time wasters from your life, and you may find you have more time than you realize.

1. Multitasking

The human brain isn’t designed to multitask. Trying to do more than one thing at a time actually diminishes our productivity. Our brain has to slow down as it switches between tasks, and this makes us less efficient.

In a nutshell, multitasking actually decreases our total productivity by 40%. Shifting between two tasks without really focusing on either one. The result is that neither task has our undivided attention, so neither will be done to the best of our ability.

Alternate solution :

Avoid multitasking at all costs. It’s holding you back. Instead, focus on one task at a time and commit yourself totally to that one task and you will see the difference.

2. Too much socializing

There’s nothing wrong with socializing with colleagues, friends, neighbors, and relatives. But if you aren’t careful, it’s easy to lose valuable work time interacting.

Over socializing and over-talking can eat up your valuable time, which can otherwise be used in some productive tasks.

Alternate solution :

Set limits to socializing. And try to hold yourself back from unnecessary discussions.

3. Debate on meal deciding

Eating is an everyday process but taking time to figure out what to eat, ends up sucking up so much of our time. Especially when there is more than one person involved in the decision process.

Alternate solution :

  1. Meal planning.

  2. Make a list of what you will eat every day for the week. This will probably save a lot of time.

4. Searching for missing items

Most of us, especially 'men', spend at least 10 minutes every day looking for their keys/wallet/phone, etc.

Apart from wastage of time, this brings distraction from our usual daily routine. Eliminating this time-wasting habit can make our mornings less stressful and more productive.

Alternate Solution :

Allocate a dedicated place for every small thing and put your necessities there as soon as you end up using them. Then start working on taking mental notes about where you’re getting something down. This will train your brain to start remembering those actions so you can locate things later.

5. Saying yes to everything

We all want to make everyone happy but sometimes saying yes to everyone and everything means that you aren’t able to accomplish what you want to.

Saying yes to everyone isn't a bad habit but it definitely is a habit that can be holding you back from accomplishing more.

Alternate Solution :

  1. Try to figure out things which really need your approval and saying no to someone, doesn't make you a bad person.

  2. Say yes only when you are not at all uncomfortable and this doesn't bring any disturbance in your own life.

6. No sleeping schedule

Sleep schedules can actually make or break your day. Think about the days where you didn’t get enough sleep or got too much sleep and you feel groggy and unproductive. The amount of those days can be significantly decreased by figuring out and sticking to a sleep schedule.

Alternate Solution :

Take a sound sleep and allot windows both for wake-up and sleep time and then start working towards going to bed and waking up in those windows.

7. Unproductive screen time

Not all screen time is unproductive. There is screen time that you could be working on personal development and that is awesome.

But there is also a lot of unproductive screen time i.e too much social media, unnecessary chats, games, useless and baseless articles, and time-wasting videos, etc.

Alternate Solution :

Set yourself short timers for when you go on your phone or turn on the TV. When your alarm goes off it reminds you of how much time passed and helps you keep your screen time under control. Screen time can be as productive or unproductive as you make it.

8. No to-do list

There are things in our mind that we need to get done but we don’t write or note down. Which un-shockingly means that things can get forgotten or not completed on time.

Alternate Solution :

Start writing daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists. Writing to-do lists not only helps you see everything you need to accomplish but it also gets your brain thinking about what you need to do and that can help trigger remembering things.

9. Not shopping online

Too much shopping is obviously a waste of time and money but shopping for your essentials isn't a bad idea. Try to choose the online options for anything you really need to shop for.

Walking around the target for 60 minutes, when all you need is a paper towel, can be a majorly time-wasting activity. Going to the market, commuting, and then wasting a lot of time searching for your needs in a big time-waster.

Alternate Solution :

Ordering basics whenever you can through online retailers like Amazon, eBay, etc. will help you save so much time. You can even order your groceries using a lot of grocery chains available online. These chains even provide home delivery which saves a lot of your precious time, which otherwise can be eaten up in commuting and searching for the products.

10. Fantasizing about your life

It is natural for people to escape into fantasy and derive a sort of virtual pleasure to escape reality. It gives you temporary pleasure. But getting too much involved in your thoughts and not doing something substantial to achieve your goals is the biggest waste of time.

However, it is important to come to terms with reality as living in fantasy is like pushing problems under the rug. It may provide you with a temporary and false sense of relief but doesn't change reality.

Alternate solution:

Instead of wasting your precious time in fantasizing and bragging, do something potential. Start from whatever you have. What all matters, is a small "start" and then being consistent towards your goals.


Hope you find this article useful.

Thank you, wonderful people. Sending good and healthy vibes your way!