How 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 just curl up in bed and not do the things we know we have to do. We do this to ourselves knowing that we will probably regret it 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 can you stop wasting your time?

In order to stop wasting your time and get out of the rut you’re in, you need to understand how your mind works. Like Dandapani the monk once said in an interview with London Real, “once you know how the mind works, you can control it and once you can control it, you can focus it.” Therefore, you need to learn what’s going on with you on the inside, in order to get the results you want on the outside.

Think of high performing, highly successful and productive people. These are people you know and admire because of the things they’ve done and created with their lives. The reason they’ve managed to do so much with their time is because they’ve learnt how to master their mind. They understand the importance of it, they know that their thoughts create their actions and so they learn how to take control of their minds. This is how you gain focus and regain it each time you lose it.

Learning how to take control of your mind and master your mindset is how you not only learn how to take control of your actions, but it also means that those little actions help you build the ultimate life you want. It helps you achieve your goals and stop wasting your time. That is how you become successful in all you do. If you want to learn how to master your mind and take control of your life, I highly suggest you go check out my Master Your Mindset Course.

Stop Wasting Your TIme

Now that you’ve learnt why you give into procrastination, let’s get into some practical tips on how to stop wasting your time. These are things that you can practice doing on a daily basis in order to get sh#t done and become more productive.

1. There Is More Than Enough Time

Get out of the mindset that there is never enough time. 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. You will never get anything worth your while done this way. Change the way you see your day. You have a whole 24 hours in a day, a whole 7 days in a week and a whole pack of days in a month. Use your blocks of time wisely and stop wasting your time!

2. Make A Plan And Stick To It

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 after. Here’s how I plan and organise my life.

3. 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, you’ve already won!

4. Eat The Frog First

This is a concept that Mark Twain brilliant came up with. Do you biggest, most important task first! The reason being is because this is the task that you are most likely to procrastinate. If you get this out of your way first thing in the morning, you will build up your momentum for the rest of your day to get things done. Those other tasks that you have to do will look so small to you compared to your big accomplished one. This is how you avoid procrastinating all your tasks too.

5. Stop Making Excuses

One of the causes of procrastination is the fact that we give in to our excuses. Whatever your excuse is, just think about this for a second. I want you to close your eyes, and imagine yourself going through one month of zero excuses. How much would you get done? What could you accomplish? How much more time could you free up for yourself? So that you could focus on other things and move to a higher level. How far could you get in a month?

There is so much more you could be doing instead of agreeing to the excuses you give into. Stop wasting your time! Start doing the things that you keep putting off and just constantly keep this at the back of your mind. When you drop your excuses, things get done!

6. 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…💡” 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!”

7. Resist Your Urge To Give In

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 5x 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.

8. Stop Breaking The Promises You Make To Yourself

Everytime you say you’re going to do something and don’t get it done, you are teaching yourself to trust in yourself less and less. This can turns into a vicious cycle where you make plans or say you’ll do something but you never end up doing it. That is because you’ve now proved yourself unreliable to yourself. If that doesn’t scare you, it should!

Become the type of person that when you say you’re going to do something, you get it done! This is how you build trust in yourself. When you create small achievable goals each day and keep to your promises, you will teach yourself that you are trustworthy. This helps you to also build your momentum and achieve bigger and bigger goals as go.

8. Avoid Distractions

When you plan on being productive, it’s a good time to practice some self-control and avoid distractions. Put away your phone, limit your TV time for the day or just eliminate all your distractions until you complete the task you said you were going to get done! This will help you to stay focused. It will also help your to stop wasting your time and get things done quicker!

9. Clean Up Your Space

This may seem like it has nothing to do with being productive but actually it does! When you’re feeling stuck, it usually has something to do with the environment your in. If you’re in a cluttered, untidy space, this can make your mind feel all over the place too. So if you want to clear your mind, you need to clear your space!

10. Come Back Each Day

When you have a successful day, one that’s productive or you feel like you’ve had a breakthrough and you’re finally on the right track, keep-on-coming-back! Don’t allow yourself to lose steam. Just come back day in and day out and keep building more and more, little by little on your productivity. Eventually this will turn into who you are as a person, someone that is productive! Someone that doesn’t waste their time! And someone who knows how to beat procrastination each day!

Remember, practice makes perfect! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you have a serious problem behind why you’re feeling stuck, take it easy. Don’t rush to tick all the boxes at once. Sit down and try to find out why you feel the way you do, and get it all out onto paper. This could help you understand why you’re stuck and how to come out of it.

As always if you want to learn more on a whole deeper level with greater, guaranteed results, be sure to check out my Master Your Mindset Course! If you enjoyed this post or found it helpful in anyway, please feel free to share it with your friends! There are a social media icons below that you can click on to share this post. It really helps my blog out when you do and I highly appreciate it!

If you have any tips on how to stop wasting your time that you’d like to share as well, please leave a comment down below. You could help someone else going through a time where they’re probably feeling stuck too!


Alana – Mae

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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.