Ways to Separate Time Wasters from Time Savers
Don’t you just hate it when you catch yourself lingering over some trivial news item that has been blown way out of proportion? Or how about those times at the end of the day when you just slouch on the couch and watch an old movie, munching from a bag of cookies that just turned up? This really could be a great time to listen to classical guitar and try some new stretching exercises instead.
We all feel the bite of time, day in and day out, in one way or another, but too often we let the time thieves steal the best parts.
Questions to ask:
How often do we buy into needless drama at work or at home?
Lifehack suggests spending more time with ourselves instead, thinking, reading, pursuing subjects we love, rather than getting drawn into the latest negative story or overblown argument that will soon be replaced by the next big drama.
Do these things keep happening to you?
Too much TV and site surfing?
Get up, shut everything down and go visit a friend, or check up on someone who is cooped up with a sickness or injury. Or, actually tackle that home project that has been gathering dust.
Too much shopping followed by more shopping?
Make lists and do large shops. Time saved can become a run in the park with the kids, or an afternoon away with your favorite person.
Too many extra projects that need to be simplified?
Sometimes it is easy to just add to the list, without really considering what it will mean in extra hours. Do yourself a stress favor and start the week with a clear idea of what has to be done and how you are going to make that happen without a Friday meltdown.
Too many unplanned events just keep happening?
If you are like me, your friends all have your number and they know you find it hard to say no. Bailouts happen all of the time and good friends deserve them. But try to avoid being the best solution for everyone. When you do you might find out you are also in a bind too, having spent too much time solving everyone else’s problems.
Too many bad choices, made too quickly.
Maybe you let yourself drift into the wrong relationship. Or somehow, you find yourself wasting a beautiful day as you clean, sort, or assemble whatever situation needs to be solved, that you hastily agreed to do.
Want to change everything? Start with a new list for the week that puts your choices at the top and then works down from there. The ones that fall to the bottom can always be retrieved, but then you can decide how much time they really deserve.