Top Time Wasters in today’s Busy World

Time WastersDo you prevent yourself from achieving the things you desire by falling foul of time wasters? Time is a valuable commodity and many people waste it without realising?

The top time wasters below may be eating in to your time without you being aware of the fact. If you find yourself spending too much time on these activities, consider changing your habits so that you stop wasting time and become more productive.

Wasting Your Time Worrying.

Many people worry about every little thing in their lives. This is not only unproductive, but can also negatively impact your health.

  • Worrying never accomplishes anything positive. If you have something coming up that really is worth worrying about, write a plan of positive action on paper, and then let it go.

Excessive Television.

We have become a nation of couch potatoes! Many people schedule their lives around their favourite television shows and spend less time doing more important activities like attending social events that could strengthen relationships with others.

  • With today’s technology it is easier than ever to record your favourite TV shows and watch them during your leisure time

Video and Computer Games.

This is becoming such a time waster that gamers are actually developing a repetitive strain injury called “gamers thumb,”.

  • Set time limits for yourself and your children and help your kids to understand why this is important.

Internet time.

Are you constantly browsing the Internet, Facebook or Twitter? Is your favourite saying to your family “In a minute,” when they ask you to do something or spend time with them?

  • Limit your time on the Internet and get involved in life. Instead of chatting with your friends online, spend more time with your real-life friends and family!

Telephone Calls.

We all like to call old friends and catch up, but do you really need to spend so much time on the phone? The phone can quickly become a time waster and get in the way of getting other things done.

  • Keep phone calls to a minimum, why not set a timer to go off after 15 minutes. This way you won’t be deprived of a good conversation, but it won’t take over your day.

Traffic and Commuting.

Some of us spend an enormous amount of time travelling to and from work. Could you turn your commuting time into productive time!

  • Try carpooling or taking the bus or train to work. You could use this time to plan your day, read or complete paperwork, or just take time to relax.
  •  If you drive, why not turn your car in to a learning environment, you can listen to inspiring and informative CDs or tapes to sharpen your mind each morning.


Are you one of those people that are so obsessed with a hobby that they allow it to take over their life and they don’t make time to do anything else?

  • If so, try to schedule your hobby time so you’re not missing valuable time with your family, or cutting into other productive time.


It’s fun and healthy to dream about future ambitions and aspirations, but you’re wasting time when those dreams prevent you from taking action in your life.

  •  Make a list of your goals or dreams, and write down the steps required to make those dreams come true.

Have Meetings not Gatherings.

Although necessary, meetings can be one of the biggest time wasters of our workday.

  •  If you’re in charge of meetings, set time limits for agenda items and stick to them. Limit attendees at your meetings to those that are really needed: you will be seen as someone who respects the time of others.


If you don’t take the time to plan your day, you will have no real purpose and the important things may not get done.

  • Write down your daily goals and tasks and Schedule your day in the order of your top priorities.

These are just some of the many ways we waste time in our everyday lives, but with a little effort, you can avoid these time wasters and turn that time into an advantage.

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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