18 Things You Do EVERY DAY That Completely Wastes Your Time

Most of us have a routine, but have you ever stopped to wonder if everything you’re doing is, well… worth it? In this article, we’re going to look at 18 ways you might be wasting your hours away. Take notes – this could seriously help with those long tasks!

Hitting the Snooze Button

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Five more minutes feels so satisfying, right? Except that fragmented sleep isn’t giving you any extra rest. Instead, it’s setting the stage for a more tired you, battling morning grogginess and potentially making you run late.

Checking Emails First Thing

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The morning email ritual might make you feel like you’re diving straight into work, but this reactive start to the day can easily sidetrack you. Perhaps morning mindfulness, rather than memes, should be the motto.

Endlessly Checking Social Media

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It’s time to ask: are these scrolls adding value or just skimming your time? It starts innocently enough, but before you know it, you’re deep into the lives of people you haven’t seen in a decade, and the cat videos… oh, the endless cat videos!

Binging the Daily News

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Staying informed? Excellent. But every tiny update or the riveting saga of llama fashions in distant lands might not be essential daily knowledge. It’s time to curate your news consumption to preserve both your time and your sanity.

Micromanaging Everything

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It’s one thing to be thorough and another to obsessively control every tiny aspect of your day. Those kitchen towels are just as effective when they’re not folded into perfect thirds. By letting go of some of the control, you might find you have more time and fewer wrinkles.

Organizing (And Reorganizing) Your Desk

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If you’ve found yourself rearranging knick-knacks more than actually working, it might be time to rethink your priorities. While a tidy workspace can boost productivity, constantly tweaking it is just procrastination.  A neat desk is wonderful; a completed to-do list is even better.

“Quick” Online Shopping Diversions

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A sale alert pops up, and before you know it, an hour’s gone, and your cart’s full of items you didn’t know you “needed.” Though retail therapy has its place, perhaps it’s wise to bookmark for later rather than derail your day.

Waiting for Perfect Conditions

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Whether it’s the mood to declutter or a specific planetary alignment before you begin a project, waiting for that perfect moment can steal away precious time. More often than not, starting is the hardest part. Once you start, perfection tends to matter less.

Over-Complicating Meals

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We all love a gourmet experience, but does every meal need to be a culinary masterpiece? Hours spent on daily dishes could be cut down with some simpler recipes. Save the gourmet experiments for weekends, maybe?

Overloading on Coffee Breaks

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Coffee is the nectar of productivity, or so we think. But after the third or fourth cup, it’s not about energy—it’s a way to break monotony. A quick stretch or a short walk might serve you better than a java jolt.

Not Using Technology Shortcuts

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Why spend ages on tasks when technology offers quicker solutions? Remember, the tools are there; use them! From voice-to-text functions to handy apps, embracing tech can turn lengthy chores into quick tasks.

Keeping Too Many Tabs Open

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Yes, your computer can multitask, but an endless sea of tabs can drown your productivity. Not only does it slow down your machine, but it also clutters your workspace. We think it’s time to admit that tab from 2019 isn’t getting read.

Avoiding Automation

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There’s an app or gadget for almost everything now. From automatic bill payments to robot vacuums, if you’re manually managing tasks that can be automated, you’re in the past.

Watching Advertisements

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Those ads do add up. Whether it’s on TV or online videos, these minutes can accumulate to hours over a week. Consider a subscription service or an ad-blocker. Your time has value, even if it’s spent binge-watching.

Multitasking Too Much

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Juggling multiple tasks might seem efficient, but it often results in many half-done jobs. Switching between tasks can tire the brain. If you can, try single-tasking and truly focus on one thing at a time.

Checking Endless Group Chats

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While group chats can be delightful, they can also become endless vortexes of updates, memes, and Aunt Linda’s daily cat photos. Muting notifications and checking at set times is a method that your daily productivity will thank you for.

Never Decluttering

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Clutter isn’t just physical; it’s mental. Searching for items or wading through piles wastes both time and energy. Regular declutters will not only save time in the long run, but a tidy space also brings peace of mind.

Not Setting Boundaries

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It’s lovely to be available, but always being “on” can be draining. Constantly saying “yes” or engaging in lengthy, draining conversations isn’t just tiring—it’s time-consuming. Setting boundaries can free up not only your time but also your mental space.

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