How to Stop Wasting Your Time - Time Management Skills & Tips

Here you will find out how to stop wasting your time with these nine great tips and three steps that you can immediately take.

For those looking for more information, the book also contains a list with suggested readings.

How to Stop Wasting Your Time

Time is the greatest equalizer. You have 24 hours each day, no matter who you may be. These hours are often used up by many people. There isn't much spare time between work, family duties, sleep, and socializing. It is important to make the most of any time that we have. These are nine tips to help you save time.

  1. Stop Saying Yes when You Want to Say No

Are you ever overwhelmed by the tasks you have to do? You might be able to say no more often. It's important to be a friend and a team player but you don't need to do every task asked of you. You will lose time if you don't take the time to help someone else do their work.

  1. Focus on One Major Task Each Day

While we don't recommend that you do only one thing each day, it is helpful to have a goal. Focus on one topic or idea to help you focus your attention that day. You won't waste time wondering what the next task is when you are in between tasks. This will be your guiding light to keep you on track.

  1. You Don't Have to Respond Right Away

You don't need to reply immediately to any type of communication, whether it is via email, phone, or text. You can wait for something urgent and specific. A cold call, an email or social media notification, however, can wait. You can choose a time or a few to check all your messages at once every day.

  1. Find Your Time-Wasting Triggers

Are there any triggers that nearly always lead you to wasting your time? Perhaps going for a cup of coffee leads to a 30-minute conversation about nothing. Are you prone to falling into Youtube holes after just one video? These little triggers are common in most of us, so it's important that you know them to avoid falling into Youtube holes when you have limited time.

  1. Take Time for Yourself

It is important to do things that are beneficial for your mental and/or physical health. Although it might sound strange, we recommend that you take time for yourself in order to save time. It is important to remember that if you become tired, sick, or burned out, it will take you a lot of effort to get yourself back on track. Self-care will allow you to use your time more efficiently over the long term.

  1. Get Organized

How much time are you wasting looking for the wrong thing? What about searching in the back of a cabinet looking for something that is "surely there"? It is a great way to save time and stop wasting it.

  1. Stop Doom-Scrolling

I know that times are difficult. We are connected to endless streams of news. It's easy to scroll Twitter, Tiktok or local news sites, consuming constant updates about what is happening today. This is a bad habit. It is a waste of time and a drain on your energy.

  1. Others' Problems are Not Always Yours

It is possible to make a conscious decision to not be involved in gossip at work or friendship drama. While you should be there for those you love, you don't have the obligation to become involved in every person's problems. It is a waste of time and energy to worry about the quarrels that other people are having.

  1. Building Self-Confidence

Although it may seem odd to mention "time management", this is one of the most important steps you can take in order not to waste time. Confident people are more likely to make faster decisions and take decisive action than those who wait for every detail to be perfect. Imagine how much time you'd save if you could be confident about yourself.

Time Management Fast-Action Steps

  • What is your main goal for tomorrow? If it is too early, write down your primary focus for tomorrow or today.
  • Get organized with one area of your life now. You can organize your desk drawer, optimize your email folders or your desktop.
  • What are your time-wasting triggers Think back next time you waste time.

Further Reading On Time Management

  1. The Joy of Getting It Done
  2. Stop Wasting Time
  3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  4. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  5. Stop Wasting Your Time and Start Doing What Matters Most

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