There is a fine line between leisure/entertainment and wasting time. It’s different for everyone but the context is the same for all situations. When your leisure/entertainment get in the way of the things you REALLY need to be doing (ie looking for a job, improving your skill sets, working out), you are effectively wasting your time.
Here’s a few of the biggest culprits. Tread carefully when dealing with the likes of below:
1. Watch Television / HULU
TV is great. You can keep up with current events, learn, and see what’s “in” in the world of pop culture. Unfortunately, it’s easy to lose track of time when your deep into the plot of one of your favorite shows. I’m not one to take drastic measures and say get rid of the tube, but definitely have the presence of mind when you’re watching too much. It’s far worse when you’ve just discovered a new show on HULU and begin chain watching it until you fall asleep at your computer. I’m guilty here. I just started watching SG-1. I know, it’s 10 years old! To my defense, MacGyver is cool.
2. Live on FaceBook
I have a friend that is a professional FaceBooker. He spends upwards of 6-7 hours easily on FaceBook per day. I can’t blame him since the creative geniuses at FaceBook have embedded crack cocaine into the coding which have made it extremely addictive. Out of 350 million users, half log into their accounts EVERYDAY. It’s definitely important to keep in touch with people in your network, but know that you’re not helping yourself when you’re commenting all over someone elses profile page.
Like FaceBook, you can aimlessly spend hours on end flipping through pages of cool and stupid videos.
4. Playing Mafia Wars / Farmville / Similar Games
5. Succumbing to bad habits
To name a few: smoking, disorgnization, and losing crap.
Smoking – The act of smoking can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes. You do it because it’s comforting, reduces stress & anxiety, and to fit in (for some). Assuming you smoke 2 cigarettes a day, that’s 70-140 minutes a week wasted killing your body.
Disorginization – Rationalizing disorganization to some means having a constant reminder that there is work to be done. As long as things are messy, there will always be a need to get up and do something. In the end, it just equates to spending more time finding stuff. If you are claiming you have a “method” to the madness, try being organized. In that case, you won’t need a “method”, you’ll immediately know where everything is at.
Losing crap – I’m not going to lie to you when I say I lose my keys, wallet, or phone at least once a day. I hate it that my short-term memory is as long as Ruben Studdard’s singing career. It seriously is a waste of time when you lose crap.
6. Taking long showers
Everyone will have their own definition as what a long shower is and is not. Just as long as you’re productive in the shower shampooing, lathering, soaping, shaving, douching, etc you’re fine. However, when you find yourself just standing around with the water spraying in your face or the back of your head you need to GTFO. Not only are you wasting time, you’re wasting water and stripping away the oils that keep your skin moist and pleasant. SOURCE
When you overeat, you’re adding extra calories that you eventually have to work off. That transfers into longer or extra exertion in all of your activities, more time at the gym, or more time at the doctor when your unhealthy diet catches up with you.
8. Checking Email
Checking email is a chore we love to hate. Can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. Unfortunately, work-life productivity starts at the “inbox”. Try checking your email as soon as you get to work and once after you get back from lunch. Restrict yourself from checking right before you go to bed because you’ll end up spending more time trying to satisfy the needs and requests of others while trading off your precious sleep time.
Are you good at wasting time? What are you most effective ways of time wasting do you partake in?
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