We often say, “there isn’t enough time in a day,” but is that true? Perhaps it is, but, perhaps we are wasting much of the time we have on useless endeavors.

I tell myself, “there just isn’t enough time in a day,” pretty frequently. But, lately, I have been reassessing how much time I waste, and honestly, it’s a lot more than I realized. And while we can’t add additional hours to our day (wouldn’t that be lovely)- we can utilize the time we have better.

Here are 10 things that are wasting your time.

1. Checking social media.

If you are like many people – likely, you have at least a few social media accounts. How often do you check your social media? If you find you can’t help but click and scroll- and that this happens, and you get caught up for long periods, you are likely wasting time that could otherwise be put to better use.

2. Not planning your day.

You don’t have to schedule a task for every minute- but it’s good to at least write down your intentions for the day. Then, use the list to chart out when to do what. By doing this, you will ensure that you stay productive, and having the list will keep you on task.

3. YouTube.

YouTube has become a modern television of sorts. And while it can be quite useful and filled with information, there are plenty of time wasters to be found. I have an addiction to watching horror stories and if I let myself, I could spend hours listening to them. If you are like me and get lost in YouTube – limit your time with it.

4. Distractions.

How often do you find yourself getting caught up on the internet, or walking around doing nothing? While we often complain that there isn’t enough time in a day, our society is also known for finding ways to waste our own time. If you find yourself easily getting caught up on distractions, set timers to get yourself back on track.

5. Checking your phone frequently.

If you want more time in your day – put that phone away. From email to Facebook and text messages, it’s easy to get caught up and distracted by your phone. One minute to check your email can turn into 30 minutes that could have been put to better use.

6. Television.

Television has been wasting people’s time since it was invented. And while a little entertainment can be great to calm down or relax, be careful not to get caught up for hours, especially if you have a lot to get done.

7. Trying to do too much.

While this may sound counter-intuitive- hear me out. Let’s say that you book your day with a million tasks, and feel that by doing them, you are being more productive. Meanwhile, many of your basic needs are pushed to the backburner. Before you know it, you’ve gotten a lot done, but now you don’t have time to attend to your basic needs. Trying to do too much can also become stressful, making you burn out quickly.

8. Complaining.

Complaining is one of the most useless actions you can take. What good does it do to complain about everything? Nothing. Rather than complaining, move forward.

9. Saying “I can’t do _________.”

When we approach a new or difficult task, it’s easy to say, “I just can’t do that.” And then, you spend minutes or hours thinking about why you can’t do the task, rather than trying to find a way to get it taken care of. If it’s important, and something you have to do- you will eventually do it. But how much time will you waste blocking yourself first?

10. Keeping clutter.

Clutter is a time sucker. Think about it: if your closet is filled with clutter and things you don’t use, how long does it take to choose an outfit? If your fridge is filled with old leftovers and almost empty milk cartons, how long does it take to find ingredients to fix a meal with? This can apply to any area of life. Take a day to declutter, and I promise, you will start saving time!

11. Video Games

Sitting at your computer for hours on end is a waste of time. You are wishing your life away when you could be out doing something or starting something that could change your life forever.

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