5 Ways to Stop Wasting Your Time

Wasting time is a real productivity killer. A lot of times we unconsciously give into this habit of wasting time because of the instant-gratification it brings us. It’s just so much easier to curl up in bed and not do the things we know will be rewarding to us in the long-term. We do this to ourselves knowing that it will leave us feeling overwhelmed in the end, yet we still never fail to procrastinate our tasks. So why do we let this happen to ourselves even though we know its not good for us and how do we stop wasting our time?

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1. It’s Not You, It’s Your Brain…

Ever notice how you schedule a workout for later in the evening, and that later becomes never? This is because your primitive brain is literally resisting the urge to wake up and workout. This part of your brain knows that this isn’t an easy task and wants to keep you safe (naturally), so instead it tells you, “Let’s rather grab a snack instead, binge on some Netflix and start on Monday.”

Sounds familiar, right? That’s why it’s important to simply understand why this resistance comes in. Just by being aware of this little fact it’s almost like an “Ohhh…πŸ’‘” moment. When you choose to notice that you’re resisting getting a task done next time, stop and think about this fact and simply say to your primitive brain, “This might get a little uncomfortable for you but we’re getting it done right now!”

2. Resist The Urge To Give In

Another thing a lot of us forget is that there is a part of our brain that is actually rooting for us. Your prefrontal cortex is a part of your brain that has your long term goals at interest. These are things like writing that new book, starting up a new business or going to the gym 5 times a week. Your prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that encourages you to go out and do the things that will be beneficial to you in the long run and once you learn to stop and notice your urges, and not give in to them as much, this is how your willpower will grow stronger.

3. Schedule Your Tasks

Here’s the thing… When you feel overwhelmed and like you’re all over the place, it means that you lack organization and time management skills. That’s nothing to feel guilty about but it is something to fix and one way of doing that is by sitting down and actually writing down every single thing you need to get done and then setting a specific time and day for it to get done. Remember that what is ‘urgent’ does not come before what is ‘important’ to you. Yes, even if it has a deadline. I can already feel your anxiety creeping in when I said that! Remember this rule, when you know that you have something important you want to do that will improve your life for the better, that is always your priority, not what is urgent, that can always come later.

4. There Is More Than Enough Time

In saying the above, get out of the mindset that there is never enough time because there is always more than enough time to get things done, you’re just wasting it. If you keep making excuse upon excuse for not getting things done then you’re always going to believe your lies and never get anything worth your while done. Change your mindset in the way you see your day, you have a whole 24 hours in a day, you have a whole 7 days in a week and you have a whole pack of days in a month, year, etc. Use your blocks of time wisely and stop being pessimistic about it.

5. Just Start + {20 Minute Rule}

This is a rule that I swear by. Whenever you need to get something done, set a timer for 20 minutes and just start. Your task may be to write an essay, so break that down into whether you’re doing a draft or you’re gonna work on the research part of it, for example. Next, get everything you need in front of you, sit down, set your timer for 20 minutes and just start. I promise you that if you choose to do this right, you will get into a state of ‘flow’ where you don’t even notice your timer’s gone off and it’s already been over 20 minutes. Sometimes all you need is a push to just start and once you’re in it, the rest is already won!


I hope you enjoyed this post and learnt something new today! If you have any tips or tricks on how you stop wasting time and GYST, then leave a comment down below and inspire someone else!

Love,

Alana – Mae M.

  1. Super helpful! I always feel like I’m wasting time by not doing anything haha so this really helps! I also…

1 Comment

  1. Aicha
    July 23, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Super helpful! I always feel like I’m wasting time by not doing anything haha so this really helps! I also love the layout, it’s simple but really chic.

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