7 time-wasting habits to eliminate from your daily routine

Confused where all the time goes? These 7 things might be wasting your time on a daily basis.

7 time-wasting habits to eliminate from your daily routine

Wednesday January 03, 2024,

4 min Read

Have you heard of the saying “Time is money"? It surely is, and most of us crave more and more of it. Be it spending more time with family, friends, work or self, the list is long. We download numerous productivity apps and make to-do lists, yet fail miserably to use time judiciously. Why is it so? Well, this could be happening mainly due to two reasons. First could be prioritisation issues and second is indulging in activities that appear productive but eat into your time, without you realising it. 

In today’s fast-paced world managing time effectively can be a crucial factor in your personal and professional success. However, many of us unknowingly fall victim to common time-wasters that can significantly impact our productivity. Hence, in today’s article, we aim to explore the 7 most common things that might be consuming your time daily, we will also discuss different ways to eliminate or minimise them.

Social media- A rabbit hole?

We are aware of the addictive nature of social media. We all have fallen into this trap at least once. Mindless scrolling is not only dangerous for your productivity but for your mental well-being as well. This is one of the biggest culprits stealing our time nowadays. 

However, we can’t blame ourselves completely for falling prey to it as it is designed in a way that triggers dopamine release, creating a feedback loop that keeps us scrolling. Time blockers can be a great way to combat this issue. Resources like Cold Turkey, Freedom, StayFocused, and Forest can be of great help in restricting your access to certain websites or apps for a certain period. 

Multitasking

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking can be counterproductive. This can be extremely dangerous as it might make you feel like you are being super productive but doing the opposite in real. 

Dividing your attention between multiple tasks not only leads to an increased possibility of mistakes but also decreases efficiency significantly. The best and only way to combat this issue is to practice mindfulness and focus on one task at a time, doing it with all your attention.

Excessive meetings

From college students to working professionals, meetings have become an essential part of our lives. Though there is no doubt it can be a great resource for collaboration and effective communication, too many of it can hinder productivity. 

Always evaluate the necessity of each meeting and consider alternative communication methods, such as emails or project management tools. By ensuring that meetings have a clear agenda and sticking to the scheduled time you can save a lot of time. 

Unorganised workspace

As famously said by Obert Skye, “A messy desk reflects a cluttered and confused mind.” A cluttered workspace can not only lead to wasted time searching for essential items but also contribute to a lack of focus. 

Therefore, it is extremely important to take the time out each day to declutter and organise your workspace, in a way that allows quick access to what you need. A tidy environment will foster productivity.

Lack of prioritisation

When you fail to prioritise, you end up working on less important tasks while neglecting critical ones. To combat this issue, you can use techniques like the Eisenhower matrix, which will help you prioritise tasks based on urgency and importance. This will make sure that your time is spent on activities that align with your goals.

Perfectionism

Though there is nothing wrong in giving your best to a task and aiming for perfection, striving for it in every task to such an extent that it starts to hinder the process of getting the work done within its specified time limit is not at all worth the perfection. 

Instead, try to embrace the concept of "good enough." Perfectionism can be a barrier to efficiency and progress. Hence, it is important to understand the importance of detaching yourself from the task at hand when it's time to move on to the next.

Lack of boundaries

Failing to set boundaries can result in interruptions that disrupt your workflow. By clearly communicating your working hours with your friends, family, and colleagues, you can establish periods of focused work without interruptions.

Conclusion

By identifying and addressing these daily time-wasters you can significantly improve your productivity and achieve a better work-life balance. These strategies such as setting boundaries, organising your workspace, and prioritising tasks will not only help you reclaim valuable time but also channel it towards activities that contribute to your overall success. 

However, remember that effective time management is a skill that requires consistent effort and self-awareness. But no doubt the rewards are worth the patience.