Beware of 4 Ways You Can Waste Your Time

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I shared with you that my husband and I have been reading this book, Crazy Busy, together [affiliate link]. It has been quite enlightening! My husband asked me a simple but direct question: “Do you think you’re busy?”

I’m a homeschooling mom of 4 young children … isn’t the answer obvious? But I thought about it, and I came to this conclusion. I feel busy. I act busy. But, I don’t have to be busy. It doesn’t mean that I should do nothing all day. Productive days don’t have to be crazy busy, where I feel frantic and frazzled all the time. There is enough time each day to get everything done, but I can end up wasting a good portion of it without even realizing it.

So, it took some reflecting, but I have come up with 4 ways that I have wasted my time away. Perhaps you can relate.

Over-Checking Social Media

I had to say it. Yes, social media. I understand its value in this day and age, but I have sunk into the vortex of my Facebook news feed deeper than I want to admit. Who invented “infinite scroll” anyway? Suggested solution: set a timer for checking social media (be reasonable) or set a certain time in the day when you can log in.

Over-Prioritizing the Less Important

There are a number of things to do on any given day, so we have to be able to pick out the non-negotiables. For whatever reason, I would sometimes tackle the less important tasks, and then find myself scrambling at the end of the day to get the important jobs done. Another word for this is procrastination. Suggested solution: when making your list of goals for the day, a second look should allow you to pick out the “must do” items and move the rest to the “if I finish everything else” list.

5/4/2010: To-Do List

Over-Scheduling Your Day

Sometimes I pack so many things in my calendar that there is absolutely no wiggle room at all. In the end, I am frustrated and overwhelmed. Even if I got everything done, my attitude just makes for a wasted day in my book. Suggested solution: divide up your day into 3 periods (morning, afternoon, evening). Instead of one gigantic to-do list, you can tackle it in more manageable chunks. This gives you a more realistic picture of what can be accomplished on a given day.

Over-Doing Your “Me” Times

We could all use a little “me” time now and then to recharge. And as much as we want to stay on our little island, there are people we need to attend to. Suggested solution: Memorize this verse, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

What are your suggestions for having more productive days?

 

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14 thoughts on “Beware of 4 Ways You Can Waste Your Time

  1. Guilty party over here! Social media sucks up a lot of my free time. But I did go offline from 11pm last night when I got home from work till 9pm tonight because it was a holiday so I spent time with the kids. So that’s a win for me! 🙂

    1. I’m guilty too. It’s easy to lose track of time when on social media. It’s great that you got to unplug and spend time with the kids!

  2. This is beyond true and I am very much guilty of social media as well as too much “me time.” Our new school year starts next Monday so this is my last week…my last HURRAH…then I’ll be setting very specific rules for myself, in regards to the internet. 🙂
    Thank you for that verse – we must remember to put down the desire to please ourselves alone. XO

    1. Summer’s great, but the lack of structure eventually gets the best of me and my kids. I’m looking forward to when we officially start school … it will force me to get more serious about using my time wisely.

  3. I love the idea of dividing the day into morning/afternoon/evening because it’s more realistic. 🙂 Great suggestions! And I too can benefit from having a timer when it’s social media time.

    1. I’ve used the timer for my kids for different activities and to help them be more disciplined and stay on task. I’m gonna have to use it on myself. 🙂

  4. Love this list! I am definitely guilty for over checking social media! I have been forcing myself to shut down my phone on family days because I’m over obsessive with it! Great post! 🙂

    1. Yes, many of us can admit to overchecking social media! We definitely need to commit time to our family, like you said, to stay balanced. Thanks for your comment!

    1. I was apprehensive when I first got involved with social media, which is just recently. I have enjoyed the added interaction; it’s like an extension of this blog. But, I hated realizing how quickly I got sucked in, and it began to affect my time here at home and with my family.

  5. These are awesome suggestions! I know I overdo it on social media, as I have very slowly come to accept that I need to find a rhythm for how my day should go and in some cases, I should plan ahead. This post is chalked full of wisdom and perspective. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Ashley! Many of us can confess our carelessness in the use of our time with social media. It’s not a bad thing … I’m sure we know that. But we just need to be careful about being too excessive … which is true for so many other things.

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