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Top 5 Time Wasters

Updated on September 15, 2014


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Top 5 Time Wasters

Here are the Top 5 Time Wasters in no particular order that Americans suffer from every single day.

Social Media


Playing Video Games

Poor Planning

Extra Errands


Social Media has been the up and coming time waster since it started becoming popular back in 2003. According to "Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (OTX)" a survey shows that the average American woman spends up to 3.8 hours a day using social media via, tablet, computer, and phone, while the American man is said to use social media up to 2.6 hours a day. The Average American is awake for 15-17 hours a day. Take the 15 and minus the 4 for social media and you are down to 11 hours to be productive, without factoring in anything else in to your day.

How do I fix this?

  • Cut some people out of your friends list that you are not really friends with. Do you need to be keeping up with them?
  • Stop commenting on things that do not concern you. Is your opinion really that important to them?
  • Stop updating the feed just to make sure you are not missing anything.

2. TV

The television was one of the best inventions to ever be invented in my opinion due to the vast entertainment and educational elements that it provides. I mean who doesn't love to watch a little bit of tv? But, according to a recent Nielsen reprot the average American spends over 34 hours a week watching tv. That is almost a full time job spent on watching tv each week. That means 5 plus hours of tv is watched every day of the week. What could you get accomplished in those 5 hours each and every day?

How do I fix this?

  • Stop recording every single thing that could potentially be interesting to you.
  • Stop staying awake late at night costing you valuable sleep when you can simply record your favorite show and watch it at a more convenient time.
  • Record your favorite show so that you can skip the commercials cutting out 40% of the time.
  • Do not watching un-interesting shows just because there is nothing else to do. Finding things to do that are more productive is much better than watching a show that you have no interest in.

3. Playing Video games

According to the average American Spent nearly 25 minutes each day in 2013 playing video games. They have that figure expected to grow to nearly 29 minutes a day in 2018. That may not sound like much however when looking at the numbers that comes out to just under 4.5 40 hour work weeks in a single year. I don't know about you but i sure could go for an extra month of free time during the year.

How do I fix this?

  • Are these games educational? If not you may want to cut them out of your day
  • Play, only when they are convenient with your time frame, such as sitting in the doctors office with no wifi or cell service.
  • Limit yourself to only playing through one level or to a goal and no more.

4. Poor Planning

No statistical numbers here but just take a minute and think about your day for a minute. Think about the layout of your day and how productive it will be. Everything from the time you wake up till the time you go to bed. Where and how can you cut time? Are you going to leave for work only to find yourself sitting in the parking lot for 15 minutes before you clock in? Could this time have been spent getting gas in your car before work, or are you going to have to now get it after work, which now pushes supper, kids homework, and getting ready for bed 15 minutes late? These little changes in your daily routine could reap huge time rewards.

How do I fix this?

  • After each day take a few minutes to assess your day. What went well and what did not? Make these changes accordingly.
  • Come up with a plan that makes sense and has no obvious time wasted.
  • Make sure to allow for unseen circumstances that will not take all of your time if such arise.

5. Extra Errands

How many stops a day do you make for unnecessary reasons? It is a common thing that most Americans do every single day without thinking twice. Do you really need to stop at the local fast food restaurant for a breakfast biscuit or would microwaving a frozen biscuit from home suffice? Do you really need to wait in line for 15 minutes for your Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino, or would some regular coffee brewed at home be worth the 15 minute time lost?

How do I fix this?

  • Stop being lazy! I know that the drive through is much easier than having to microwave your own biscuit or brew your own coffee but how much time are you losing because of it?
  • If you still must use these places, use places that are more in your route and keep going out of your way or back tracking to a minimum.
  • Use the places that have faster service. Sure, the quality may not be as good as the real nice place but you can save valuable time in most cases.

How Valuable Is Your Time?

In today's world the most valuable thing that you could ever have is time. How valuable is your time? There are only 24 hours in a single day, and how you use that time is completely up to you. Sure there are things that cant be omitted, such as getting the kids ready for school, showers, eating, and the list goes on. However, there are plenty of things that can be changed or omitted completely, to help streamline some of these events. I have compiled the top 5 things, that you are doing every day, that are simply sucking the time out of your day.

Do You Waste A lot Of Time?

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Hi and welcome to Hubpages. You have some good advice here.