When I feel overwhelmed and out of touch, I like to remember that I have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé. Now, that doesn't mean that Beyonce's life doesn't include feelings of frustration or strain on her time.
Each of us has 24 hours a day. No more, no less but the biggest difference is how we choose to use it.
When we waste time, we are stealing those minutes, hours and days away from the things we find important. We may say how much we wish we had time to visit with family, host a dinner party or go camping at our favorite national park. You do have the time, it requires preparation and planning to open up your schedule for those fun activities.
I am going to share with you possible time wasters that may have you trapped! We will talk about WHY we engage in time wasters that honestly do not add value to our lives. Then, I will help you fight back and remove time wasters from your schedule.
Terrible Time Wasters:
- You guessed it, personal SOCIAL MEDIA! You have no obligation for checking your personal social media regularly.
- Over texting during the day. Save that conversation for the dinner table or over a cup of coffee!
- Obligations you just don't enjoy and don't have to do.
- Keeping up on every TV series just to have something to talk about with friends/coworkers.
- Complaining about your life.
Why we waste time:
We all need an outlet to get our minds off of the every day matters of life. That may mean popping on Instagram 10 times a day, texting a best friend something funny you heard or venting in person or on a message board about how hard life can be.
Each example may APPEAR to connect us with those around us but it just isn't so. We are robbing ourselves of the joy of pure human interaction.
How and why to stop:
We need to stop! Use those 10 minutes x 10, 20, 30 times a day to plan, prepare and accomplish more so you can live for the things you hope for. It may not feel like a big time waster in the moment but when we each have a limited amount of hours in our day, each minute counts.
The next time you reach for your phone, tablet or computer to catch up on social media or message boards, create a list for the future. A list on what places you want to visit, who you want to have over for dinner, what family you want to see this year or who you haven't had coffee with in a while. Then, the next time you get the urge to waste time, create a plan for how you will accomplish your wish! Set out the step it will take to make it happen. Then, start putting those wheels in motion.
Before you know it, you will be living the life you always dreamed you would!
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