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Common things that people do that waste time

Updated on September 8, 2013

Whats getting done?

We all want to succeed at something, but what you willing give up, or cut back? A Lot could be done in a day, so my second question is; Whats getting done? How do you spend your day. For me, my day normally begins with me waking up watching reruns for about to or three hours, play video games, which eat up about two hours, then its time for an eight hour shift at work, and lastly I come home grab a bite to eat and sit back in front of the TV till I fall asleep(how sad). If you ever plan to succeed, sacrifice must be made. Solely the choice is yours.

Then it hit me

I was watching TV and I had an epiphany. I realize that one of the main reason that I'm not getting anything done with myself is because I'm sitting around wasting time. Here are the most common activities people do that is a waste of time.


Online distractions

An online distraction is when you are doing some research online, then you find yourself looking up useless things on the internet. Most of the time it happens out of nowhere; you see an ad for a car, then you search all over for the price of the car and the next thing you know, you've wasted about a hour. My advice would be to come back to it when your done with your research.

Social Media

People tend to spend hours on social media sites making comments and looking a pictures for hours and hours. On Face book your status updates should not be like every five minutes. Don't be that person that message people and comment on their pictures all day, its pathetic. Their is nothing wrong with spending maybe an hour on any social site.

Saying "yes"

Some people find it hard to say no. Your friend my ask you to pick them up from the club, which is 40 minutes away and I know you don't to let them down, but if there your real friends they will understand. Learning to say no is important; that is time that you'll not get back.

Video games

OK don't get me wrong, I like video games as mush as the next guy, but pace yourself, its not going anywhere. Some people complete a video game in a day and play it all over again, whats the point in that? You've already beaten the game their shouldn't be a need to play it over unless their like some type of secret level or something.


Whats the point in watching something that you already seen like a million times before? You know the twist, climax, bad guy, good guy, who done it, how they done it, who caught them, how the caught, etc. It doesn't change for every hundredth time you see it. Watching marathons of your favorite show kills like almost a half a day. Television would something to cut back on if your trying to get something done.


Chasing HIM/HER

Chasing after someone can kill a lot of time, energy and money. It the biggest waste, because most likely the fact that you chasing them so much they already lost interest in you. I always see guys at work who try and hook up with every female employee and customer that walks by. My opinion is that if you want women, then you need to focus on your goals; this will attract more self- respecting women, instead of the ones who sleep with anybody.


Dwelling on the past

People will countless hours, days, and months on the past wishing they could change it.Changing the past is out of your control no matter how hard you try (unless you build a time machine). Whether it be an old relationship that went wrong on your part, or that promotion you blew, because you wasn't prepared. The only thing you can do is learn from your past mistakes in order to build a promising future.


I'm not saying that you should stop doing the activities listed above. Practice some self-control, try not to overindulge yourself. Give yourself a time limit when your watching TV, playing video games, or chatting on any social sites. For those who are chasing guys and girls, just know that your giving yourself a bad name as well as wasting your time. More importantly you need proper planning; this will allow you to get things done on a timely schedule. This also mean not overworking yourself; this will allow you to burn out.

Time to take action

If we want change then we need to change, success doesn't fall in your lap. We all know somebody that we don't want to be, whether that person is at work in your family our everyday people that you see in your daily commute. At my job, I see people everyday who seem unhappy, wanting to quit, and angry. When I talk to them, they always perch to me how I need to focus, work hard and that I have a lot of potential. I realize that if I don't want to end up like them I need to change and I hope you will too.


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    • writerjj profile image

      writerjj 4 years ago

      Great hub. Used to waste considerable amount of time at the arcades which is now replaced by social media :) time to excercise self control :)

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      Derrick Bennett 5 years ago

      I'll be looking forward on your hub on wasting time.

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      Derrick Bennett 5 years ago

      Thanks and thanks for the tip I'll be sure to get a hold on the book and I'll get back to you.

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      Dan Barfield 5 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      This is a favorite topic of mine though I haven't yet written much about it so thank you for reminding me of some things to hub about. Good hub - I like where your head is at. If you get the time, try reading 'On the Shortness of Life' by Seneca. It's only a small book - a letter that he wrote to a friend - but it's all about how not to waste your time. It may be over 2000 years old... but it's still relevant! :)

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      Saishasethi 5 years ago from India

      so true ..

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      Rain Defence 6 years ago from UK

      Do you count hubbing as a waste of time?

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

      It's an useful hub for time wasters!

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      Derrick Bennett 6 years ago

      I will try and use some of your tips as well great advice

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      Christin Sander 6 years ago from Midwest

      These are definitely huge time wasters. When we got rid of cable and severely limited TV in this house I noticed that everything seemed to get done more efficiently :). I am guilty of spending a lot of time on Pinterest (but the stuff people pin is just so cool!) but I may have to ground myself from Pinterest soon lol. I have limited Facebook and Twitter to once per day for a few minutes and I don't play games on there etc. VERY helpful in allowing me to keep up with being a mom, student, and full time freelancer.

      Great hub - everyone can use these reminders!