According to an app that I use, I spent almost 6 hours one week on Google. I spent 3 hours 15 minutes on Netflix. I spent 3 hours on Gmail. And I spent another 3 hours on YouTube. I spent less time on Facebook, as I have been checking it once a week (which is completely sufficient).
But 6 hours searching for things on the internet? I don’t know if that is totally accurate, but I do spend too much time looking up what randomly comes into my brain. I am sure that some of my searches are productive, but many of them are not.
I often will stop one method of wasting time only to fill it up with another one. I stop checking Facebook only to look at the news more often. I stop watching Netflix only to watch more YouTube.
I don’t want to waste time, but I persist.
(Most of this discussion has been wasting time by staring at a screen–but this is not the only way I waste time. I recently spent 10 hours reading a book that I had already read before, and I don’t see how that’s much better than watching 10 hours of movies.)
I get distracted very easily sometimes. I do things that are easy and fun, instead of taking the time and effort to focus and work hard.
So how do I focus? How do I prioritize?
- Planning what I want to do in a day and when I want to do it.
- Get out of the house and change my location.
- Keep trying even when I get distracted, and bring myself back to focusing again.
- Fill up my life with enough good things to do that I don’t have time and energy to sit there and be bored.
- Use routines so that I know what to do next instead of constantly trying to figure it out.
- Block of certain hours for focus and certain times for leisure.
- Review my goals, values, and commitments regularly.
- Get enough sleep, exercise, eat, and drink water.
- Take breaks by getting off the computer when I’ve been on it for a while.
- Track my time so I have to be accountable for where the minutes go.
- Have lots of good things to do that I really enjoy doing and want to do.
Any other suggestions that help you?
4 thoughts on “7. How do I stop wasting time?”
First I love the clock picture. The answer for time wasting not so easy. One thing I like to do is think what my tomorrow self would like me to do today. I also just thought of the quote from Pres. Monson something like a person to be loved is more important than a task to be completed. The thought I had was that the person to be loved might just be ourselves and doing something we love can feed and build us thus not being a waste if time.
Thank you! I forget sometimes to put my relationships in my to-do list, but they are the most important way I spend my time.
The times I waste are the ones where I have things to do I don’t want to. So I think it’s good to try and just get rid of them as much as possible and make our lives more full of things we want to do.
This is why I very rarely dust my house.