Do you ever engage in unnecessary activities that cost you your precious moments? Are you concerned enough to identify these? Let’s see some time-wasters that might need your attention…

As I share tips to make your daily life easier on my blog, I’ve put together a list of 30 things that I find are serious ones (only some may apply to you if not all):

Life in general

1. Having no goals in life makes you live without a purpose.

2. Not living intentionally results in not achieving the important things you need to.

3. Waiting for perfection will have you waiting forever and not starting anything.

4. Waiting for inspiration, you’ll be left behind, while others move forward.

5. Being too concerned about the opinion of others will hinder you from daring and progressing with things that matter the most to you, in your life.

6. Being a people pleaser and never saying ‘no’ will bring you regrets when you commit yourself to things that you actually don’t truly believe in (and can’t live by).

7. Not setting boundaries will leave you with an overload of commitments that you can’t handle and achieve.

8. By not asking for help, you’ll lose out on advice and support that could bring you so many benefits and success.

9. Worrying over everything doesn’t solve your problems. It brings you undue stress and is detrimental to your health.

10. Complaining unnecessarily doesn’t benefit you but makes matters worse.

11. Comparing yourself to others is fruitless and only fuels envy and jealousy.

12. Fear of failure is the reason why some people never achieve anything since they never even get started at all!

13. While you should take calculated risks to succeed, failing is part of the journey. However, repeating the same mistakes means that you don’t learn from them.

14. Not completing tasks that you started, will bring you back to working on them again (and perhaps again and again…).

15. Not setting priorities makes you run in every direction and not get the most urgent and important things done by the deadline.

16. Not having a morning routine results in a lack of focus and you start the day in a disorganized way.

17. Hitting the alarm snooze button instead of waking up isn’t productive. Make sure you sleep properly and wake up fresh. Make your mornings interesting.

18. Living in a cluttered space is a mess, and you misuse minutes or hours looking for things.

Clock on light pink and green background. Text: 30 time-wasters you should avoid for the better,
Clock on light pink and green background

Workplace / professional life

19. No proper planning means that you’re not even sure what needs to be done and by when.

20. Not prioritizing what needs to be done means you may put petty tasks before urgent and important ones.

21. Being disorganised in terms of office space or even in your mind will make you lose focus.

22. Checking emails too often is counterproductive and distracts from real work.

23. Checking social media unnecessarily may lead to screen addiction.

24. Not delegating to subordinates will have you doing small, unimportant tasks, instead of concentrating on your real role and responsibilities.

25. Not automating work that you can, would be a shame.

26. Procrastinating at work means that you don’t want to get started and therefore won’t achieve what you have to.

27. Multitasking has been seen to decrease productivity levels.

28. Attending unnecessary meetings won’t bring results.

29. Not using applications correctly or using the wrong ones lead to misuse.

30. Find more unnecessary tasks of your own and work on eliminating them from your life. You’ll be able to fully concentrate on the right type of activities and see better results for yourself!

This article helps to better find out what are time-wasters and their impact on productivity.  Overcome them for the better.


To sum up, avoiding these time-wasters (and more of your own), will help you to better manage your productivity in various spheres of life. Do you have any tips/ideas to share? Please do so. Thank you!!

Editor’s Note: This blog article has been updated for better accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Blue bar chart with an increasing trend

22 thoughts on “30 time-wasters you should avoid for the better

  1. I always multi task and it does seem that I do not get things done! I will have to remember these tips to be more productive. My greatest challenge is lack of time or should I say “perceived” lack of time.

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  2. This are such a wonderful tips and it really helps a lot I agree all of this and this is my favorite “Having no goals in life makes you live without a purpose.”

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  3. Not going to lie, saying ‘no’ in my personal life and at work was the one thing that has made me more productive. A lot of the little favors we say yes to are things people would do on their own if we weren’t there, so I always ask myself this question: “Could they do it without me?” If yes, I’ll politely tell them no or teach them how to do the thing. If no, I’ll add it to my schedule as soon as it’s free. Thanks for this post!

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