Time Is Wasting Away
Last Update: Nov 17, 2022
Time is a very limited resource. We only have so much of it.
I must admit, I have always been fascinated by time...and it was drilled into me from childhood.
As the old saying goes, show up on time and you're 5 minutes late. Be 5 minutes early and you're on time. That's how I roll.
Every one of us has the same amount of hours and days available. Roughly, that equates to about 8760 hours per year.
Multiply that by your age...well, you get the point.
But how do we actually spend our time?
Most people will do similar things during each day, such as eating, sleeping, working and relaxing.
The rest of those daily hours may vary depending on whether or not you have a commute, activities or specific chores that require your time.
Are you curious to know what some of the biggest time wasters actually are?
Well, according to a recent survey of 2000 people in the U.K. by OnePoll, results showed that the average person loses almost a month of their year simply by doing "nothing."
Some of those massive time wasters included things like the following:
- waiting in line
- waiting on hold on the phone
- sitting in traffic
- scrolling social media
- waiting for a cup of coffee/tea
- waiting for the laundry to finish
- sitting at restaurants awaiting an order
- waiting for a delivery
- watching tv
- being online
Are you starting to see a pattern?
Looks like a lot of us are "waiting" for something to happen. This study also showed many participants were eager to work on time management, as well as learn new skills. But most admitted they were plain tired from juggling all their obligations.
Be More Aware
At the end of the day, some time is going to be wasted inevitably. However, being aware of the limited time we do have can inspire us to make each moment count.
Time stands still for no one. So live with intention. Be aware. And while we are all waiting at times, use that time to refocus, prioritize, think of new keywords or simply enjoy the moment.
What are your biggest time wasters?
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