16 Ways You Are Wasting Your Time Each Day (And How To Stop)

16 Ways Your Time is Used Inefficiently — Fix It Now!

Nowadays, everyone says that their lives are extremely occupied and that they don’t have time to focus on themselves.
Have you ever pondered how much time during the day you waste on pointless activities? Do we really have no time, or are we just time wasters?
Have you ever heard your soul say that you waste time on unimportant things and complain about not having enough time for yourself?
Wasting your time will keep you away from the things that really matter.
A Gallup survey found that 61 percent of Americans believe they don’t have enough time to carry out the things they really want.
Time management is necessary, or you’re wasting another couple of minutes, days, months, or years—your precious time.
I’m sure you’ll be shocked after knowing the ways you are wasting time without even realizing it.
I’ll show you the ways you could manage your time, along with different unacknowledged reasons you’ve already used to waste that precious time of the day.
Even if you don’t think you’re wasting time, consider these 16 possibilities:

1. Wasting Time by Often Checking Email

People on average spend 2.6 hours each day checking their emails or inbox.
Whether you’re using that time in preparing draft emails, reading unproductive or non-required threads, or allowing useless contacts or people to interfere in your workday.
To make time for what’s important, spend your time wisely and set time limits on checking your email or inbox.
For setting time limits, you must know how much time each day you spend checking emails. Analytical apps such as Email Analytics help you know where you’re wasting most of your time.

2. Working Continuously Without Breaks

When working on a project, we believe that staying focused for 5–6 hours straight is preferable to taking breaks for lunch or relaxation in between.
On the other hand, we’re already tired from working constantly, and productivity reduces if we skip meals or not take short breaks.
Therefore, it simply means you’re wasting more time and energy than is required to complete the same work.
The best work-break ratio, according to research, is 57 minutes of work and 17 minutes of rest every hour.
However, it’ll still depend on your type of work, individual habits, and working experience, which will also affect this ratio.
Short breaks throughout the day will get things done quickly and more efficiently.

3. Saying Yes to everything

Whenever your boss assigns you a new task just before your workday ends or to your buddies when they plan a last-minute get-together, you can’t say “no.”
Sometimes it’s essential to put yourself first so that you can focus on important tasks and your own health.
“It’s fine” to become selfish for your own growth and development.
Prepare a daily routine, and don’t forget to follow it from the very first day—it will help you stop wasting time and simplify your schedule.
Whenever such circumstances arise, just review your daily schedule and see whether it’s possible to manage or not, and act accordingly.

4. Procrastinating and Time Wasting

People have a lot to accomplish in a day, but they keep postponing tasks for the future.

“Got nothing done” is a result of the time you spend skipping the tasks you must work on.
Instead of looking for some extra time to have fun, use your time properly to get everything done within the proper timeframe.
Work first, remain disciplined, and you’ll get enough time for yourself at the end of the day. I feel a sense of positivity is attained when I complete the given task before or within the deadline.

5. Distraction through Social Media

How often do you find yourself scrolling through your various social media accounts?
The feeds, videos, and new posts that you’re looking for in between your working hours for a few minutes take up the majority of your time.
Maybe it’s not that important in your opinion…
But once you start to count how frequently you use social media and how much time it eats up in your daily work hours, you’ll be shocked.
Apps like App Detox allow you to limit the time you can spend on time-consuming applications. Set boundaries on how long each day you will spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

6. Taking Too Long to Make Decisions

Suppose you have a meeting right after your lunchtime and an urgent personal task to perform too.
You’re going through an inner debate regarding where you should go and what you should do.
How will you arrive at a solution?
Just consider whether you can postpone your task or avoid the meeting.
But even when we are aware from the start of which specific tasks can be delayed and which should be given priority, we nevertheless take a long time to make a decision. Make sure you take faster decisions.

7. Doing Everything on Your Own

Sometimes we know we can delegate tasks to our juniors, but we don’t because we assume it will take too much time to train them or they may do it wrong. In reality, it takes time to train them the first time, but we save time in the long run by passing on our tasks to them when we no longer have time to do the work ourselves or in case of an emergency.
Training them to learn just one task will increase their accomplishments in the near future.

8. Squandering Time in the Commute

After the pandemic was under control, most organizations stopped their work-from-home arrangements.
It implies that until and unless you’re still working from home, you are wasting a significant amount of time each day on your commute.
In the United States, the average commute is 25 minutes one way, which is equivalent to roughly 5 hours per week spent traveling from home to work.
Knowing that you cannot eliminate this time consumption, the better choice is to make the most of your commute.
How and why? You can manage other tasks or listen to helpful audiobooks while traveling to work on public transportation (and save money at the same time).

9. Becoming a Multitasker

In the hopes of saving time and effort, people often attempt similar tasks together.
However, when we try to multi-task, we are unable to focus fully on each task and end up performing poorly at both.
Rather than saving time, you’ll probably waste more time by making a few mistakes and having to start over.
Therefore, it’s better to release futile stress and focus on giving your best in whatever task you’re doing. Perform one at a time and ensure the best delivery even before the deadline.

10. Attending Hour-Long (Unnecessary) Meetings

An average worker spends 3 of his 9 hours of work each day in meetings, which are not used for anything productive.
Since most meetings are poorly organized, involve too many people, and consume too much of your time, they are a major time drain.
Recognize how you spent your day and how much time was spent on each activity to help you better manage your time.
Reduce the number of meetings you attend each week to just the ones you deem most important, or cut their duration in half if you think that will help you get more done in the time you save.

11. Working on Something that’s Getting Nowhere

Have you heard about the “sunk cost fallacy”?
It’s the feeling you get when you’ve invested a lot in a project or something and don’t want to give up on it, but you know it’s doomed to fail at some point in the future.
Even if you foresee the future, your investment of time, money, and energy into something will prevent you from giving up on it.
For instance, you’re sitting through a dull film because you already paid for the tickets. The movie is making you anxious and restless to get out of the house and do something else.
You’ve still got the chance to do it!
Just take action and leave the theatre, then do something useful or fun with the time you’ve saved. Don’t throw away any more time or effort on that task or project.

12. Looking for Things You Misplaced

Keeping too much trash in your home or on your computer will make finding something helpful more time-consuming.
We already know that managing the files, documents, and other vital items is crucial, whether it’s a physical or digital area.
To organize your images, videos, and other essentials, first set up multiple folders and documents on your computer or mobile device.
After that, begin managing your home and spend some extra time doing it perfectly and peacefully while staying away from your computer or other digital gadgets.

13. Not Preparing a To-Do List

You make a shopping list before heading to the market, but not a to-do list for your day.
This is so because we value efficient use of time and money while visiting a store or shopping mall.
People always think and ask, “Why do I waste so much time?” Why am I always busy and still do nothing?
Just let your inner self speak, and you’ll realize how much time you throw away each day watching TV, playing video games, and doing other unnecessary stuff.
“Time is money.” Understand this, and you will avoid many distractions even without being anxious. Sit down and plan your week ahead as well as your to-do list each night to avoid wasting your time.

14. Answering the Phone

Phones and other electronic devices are for our convenience and are there to assist us in an emergency.
However, many, particularly the younger generation, spend two to three hours on phone conversations talking to their friends and partners while putting off crucial chores in daily life like pursuing their life goals and careers. S
et clear goals, stay committed towards them, and avoid falling into the trap of calling endlessly, spreading rumors about others, and cracking jokes. You can set a time or arrange meet-ups on weekends for all this.

15. Setting up Unachievable Goals

While watching a motivational video or reading a book in the middle of the day, we make the decision to “shoot the moon” (reach incredibly high heights) in one go.
Do you actually believe it’s feasible?
Here’s an example: You’re making $1,000 a month when, all of a sudden, you decide to increase it to $20,000 in just two months.
Is this possible? Can you scale up your income this much in two months?
No, right. Set achievable goals, make a plan, and start implementing your strategies by breaking those goals down into a few short-term objectives. Also, keep some wiggle room in your plans for overcoming uncertainty.

16. Holding onto the Past Grudges

Life has been unfair to all of us at least once in our lives.
Sometimes we emotionally, mentally, and physically invest so much in a person that they mistreated us every day knowing that we’ll never leave.
But one day, after enduring all this suffering for months or years, we make the decision to leave that person or situation. Even after moving on, we still hold grudges against that person.
I’ve been there and felt dead inside until I decided to forgive and forget. Keeping grudges creates mental suffering, disrupts your focus, keeps that person on your mind 24/7, and can make us mentally or physically ill.
This will waste so much of your energy and time on a daily basis. Therefore, the best antidote to this pain is to forgive them in silence.


Spending time on useless activities has no payoff in the long run. If you haven’t started preparing your to-do list, I suggest you take charge of your actions and day-to-day life.
Whether it’s your workplace or home, adopting at least couple of ways if not all mentioned above to reclaim your time and generate good habits will keep you ahead in life and . Empower yourself, set plans, and begin maximizing your time right now.

FAQs | Wasting the Day

What is waste of the day?

Waste of the day is a term used to describe something that is a complete waste of time, energy, or resources. It’s usually used when talking about activities that don’t result in any meaningful outcome. So if you’re spending your day on activities that aren’t productive, you can say “that was a total waste of the day.”

What things are a waste of time?

Procrastinating, watching too much TV, and spending too much time on social media are all big wastes of time. Other things that can be a waste of time include dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, and engaging in meaningless arguments. Focus your energy on productive activities that will help you reach your goals.

Why wasting time is bad?

Wasting time is bad because it can lead to missed opportunities and deadlines. It can also cause you to fall behind on important tasks, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Additionally, it can take away from time that could be spent doing something more productive or enjoyable. In the end, wasting time is a habit that should be avoided whenever possible.

Does it seem like you are always just wasting time?

Sometimes it can feel like that, but I try to remind myself that life is about the journey, not just the destination. Taking time to relax and enjoy the moment is important – it’s how we grow and learn. So even if it feels like a waste of time, I try to appreciate it for what it is.

How often do you check your social media feeds throughout the day, or find yourself wandering to that mobile game you downloaded?

I usually check my social media feeds a few times throughout the day, but I try not to get too caught up in scrolling. I’ll take a quick look at what’s going on, give it a few minutes of my attention, and then move on with my day. It’s an important part of staying connected, but it’s good to be mindful about how much time you spend online.

If that’s the case, why do so many people still waste precious time during the day?

People often waste time because they don’t prioritize their tasks, get distracted by technology, or lack motivation. It can be hard to stay focused and productive when there are so many other things competing for our attention. That’s why it’s important to set goals and create a plan for how to best use your time each day.


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Sanjana M

Sanjana M

Sanjana loves to write about fitness and relationships. In her free time, she likes to read novels and short stories, which ignited her passion for writing. She believes in the philosophy that anything is possible with diligence and devotion. Her dream is to become an author and inspire people with her writing.

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