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Time is valuable, but a waste of time is the most overlooked aspect of our lives. Besides the time machine hasn’t been invented, so it’s best to use our time in a constructive way.
Below is a list of 7 habits which we indulge in our daily lives which we should avoid in order to be more productive with our time.
Using your phone too much
Phones today are an impressive piece of technology, almost as powerful as computers, they have a dramatic impact on our lives. From emails, news to social media, we have the control right in our hands.
Even though the social media is informative and fun it can be a constant distraction from work. Today we interact more on social media than personally which is another negative aspect.
Some are glued to their phones even when they are among friends or family. This is not just a waste of time, but also a means to disconnecting with the people you love.
Make it a habit to not use your phone between work or in the company of your loved ones.
Use your phone for communication and convenience rather than a device to kill stress. While phones today are capable of being entertainment devices, too much use is a sheer waste of time.
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
In modern times, most problems exist in our minds and not in reality. Stress and a perceived negative future are the cause of these imaginary worries.
Most of these are complete non-issues, but we tend to carry this luggage unnecessarily.
To avoid such worries one should develop a positive and a sound mind by meditation, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
The above quote clearly explains what is productive and what isn’t.
Restrain yourself from the vague talking as well as avoid the company of people whose favorite pastime is gossip.
It adds no value to your life, is a sheer waste of time and tends to make you negative.
Waiting too long…
Change is the most certain thing in life, but this change is what most people avoid.
There are times in your life when you need to make radical changes, break the status quo, e.g. some of us dream of being entrepreneurs. Such ambitions need bold changes in our otherwise routine lives.
These changes don’t come easy, it takes courage and sacrifice to cross the bridge and venture into the unknown.
Most people spend more time thinking rather than doing. Sometimes we need to realize that the right time is ‘now’.
Strike while the iron is hot, for if you wait, the iron will get cold, along with your will.
Holding on to grudge
‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’
While the origin of this quote is debatable, the lesson isn’t.
Holding a grudge besides being a waste of time is an extremely negative emotion. It causes more harm to the person holding a grudge than the person one is holding it against.
Revenge does not add an ounce of value to your life and is best avoided.
Try to find solace in the fact that ‘what goes around comes around’. Karma will take care of one’s misdeeds. Forgive, forget and move on.
Being overly messy
When you have too many possessions, you tend to lose track of them…You forget where you keep your stuff and end up searching again and again. Be it at office or at home, looking for things when they are disorganized is a sheer waste of time…
So what’s the solution? De-clutter and arrange things properly so that you can utilize the time for better things.
Trying to be someone else
This world has a lot of people we look up to, so it’s a challenge to be yourself.
Originality is a gift of nature and it must be cherished, we are all born with unique personalities and must be true to them.
Don’t change just to impress or please someone, the right people will like you for who you are.
Before I end, you must read this article – 7 things successful people do to maximize their time
Remember the old saying, “time and tide wait for none”… Grab the moments to make your life better before it’s too late.