Time Wasters

clockThere is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. ~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815

I feel like I never have enough time to get everything done.  I know that I waste time, and I need to find ways to stop wasting time so that I can be more productive with doing the things that I really need to do.  Time is my most valuable commodity, and once spent it can never be returned.

After some thought I identified the ways in which I waste much of my time. Over the coming months I will be working to limit these four things so that my time can be better spent.

Television:  I watch too much Television. It seems to be something to have on just to pass the time. I have decided to cut out at least an hour of television each night and spend that time doing other things. There are so many other things that I could do like exercise, house work, or even adding a night time Bible study to my daily routine. An hour does not seem like much time, but I really can accomplish a lot in an hour.

Internet:   In the past I did not feel guilty about the amount of time I spent on the Internet. I did not feel guilt because I normally spend time on the Internet while watching Television. I thought it was fine to multitask. However, I have known for months that I spend entirely too much time on the internet, whether it be on social media or reading news sites. Too much screen time in not good for the body, mind or soul.

Worry:  I am one who worries. I don’t know why, but I do. There is nothing that my worrying will accomplish. Sometimes I become so worried about things that I can not function normally. Don’t get too concerned, this does not happen often and when it does my wonderful husband talks me off the ledge and back into a rational  way of thinking.

Piling: I do this at work and at home. I pile instead of file. If it is important enough to keep then it needs to be filed right away. Letting things stack up and then filing three or four months later just takes up more time. Think about it, it is easier to file 2 or 3 documents than it is to file 100. Just last week I needed a paper and it took over an hour to find because it was not filed it was piled. The biggest obstacle to over coming this time waster will be organizing and filing all of the current stacks of documents that must be dealt with.

I am sure that I have other time wasters, that need to be improved upon but for now I will deal with these things.

What time wasters do you need to deal with?





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