“The most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs
What is waste of time?
In the literal sense, the devotion of time to a useless activity is a waste of time. Any useless or profitless activity, using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly, is considered a wastage of time. Time is only wasted when it’s neither enjoyed nor spent pursuing some larger life goal.
Which time is considered wasted?
People often ask, I want to waste less time.But identifying what is wasted and what is not is a very tricky question. And you have a big to play in it. Only you know which time of yours is wasted because you are doing it knowingly/unknowngly.
“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what matters.” – Margaret Peters
Few ways by which you might be wasting time
1. Social media
While most people consider social media a waste of time, others make plenty of money.
So, why is social media considered a waste of time?
Experts say social Media, in a way, can undermine your productivity. To be productive, we need to give a lot of time, concentration, and energy to what we should do at any given time. Even doing all these things doesn’t guarantee that we’ll succeed with our targets.
Just thinking about it won’t get completed; the time you’ve wasted is time you will never get back. Procrastinating is very common, but once you start putting effort into it, it is not so difficult to minimize it. Whether you do not want to do something or are scared, become someone quick to face your fears and start working. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will be finished, and you will make a habit of getting all things done efficiently and on time.
3. Online Gaming
Along with wasting time, you’re neglecting your friends, family, mental and physical health, and career. If that’s the case for you, gaming is a waste of time – just like any other activity with the same trade-offs would be to this extent.
4. Worrying & Anxiety
Worrying is always a waste of good energy. If you are worried about something, pause for some time and take action so you do not worry about it. Let it be if it is out of your hands, and focus on other things. Sitting and worrying about things is not productive, and applying that energy elsewhere.
Suppose you are spending time finding papers and people, not working on priority projects first and generally finding yourself trying to keep up with your coworkers. In that case, you are disorganized, wasting a lot of your time.
Spend time organizing your home and desk, and start prioritizing your to-do list. Invest some time now in getting organized than constantly wasting time playing catch up.
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time is to say ‘I don’t want to.'” – Lao Tzu
How do you differentiate between productive time and wasted time?
Open time isn’t wasted time. Sometimes empty space is where the best ideas come to you.
Like, watching TV and surfing the web are often low-value activities, but they’re not automatically wasted time. These things sometimes bring pleasure, which is good in its own right. So, it all depends on you and your profession.
Tips to minimize wastage of time
You, me, and everyone wastes time. I know I do. I accept it. But accepting this fact and consciously minimizing it is the actual growth in this regard.
1. Prioritize your goals- pause when you are scrolling through social media and think if it is necessary.
2. Keep track of your time and tasks that you have done.
3. Don’t wait for the exact hour or half-hour to begin just start doing it.
4. Schedule your day every morning.
5. Every time after use any social media platform, log out of all the social websites.
6. Is It Worth Your Time? Always think whatever you are doing is productive or not.
7. Start it; do not keep thinking. Act up on it.
8. Set time limits for every task.
9. Schedule your day, and make a to-do list.
10. Put your phone on DND mode while you work.
A man who dares to waste one hour has not discovered the value of life. – Charles Darwin