5 Ways to Stop Wasting Time

A guest post by M.Farouk Radwan
The founder of http://www.2knowmyself.com

Time, as we all know, is one of the most precious assets we have. Even though most people are aware of this fact they keep wasting their time then end up feeling guilty because they haven’t achieved any of their goals.

In order to be successful in life you must develop certain skills and one of these skills is being time conscious.

In other words you need to be aware of the passage of time and you must obsess a little about the time you waste.

 So the question is, how can you stop wasting time?

 Here are some tips :

 1) Remove all distractions: try to monitor your behavior for a few days to find out the things that distract you. Once you find those things remove them the moment you attempt to do an important task. If your mobile phone distracts you then turn it off, if your email distracts you then cut the Internet connection and so on.

 2) Wake up early: the earlier you wake the more time you will have and the more tasks you will get done. People waste precious time sleeping then wonder why they don’t have enough time. Waking up early is one of the best time-saving methods a person can come up with since it brings extra time out of nowhere!

 3) Are you afraid to start? Believe it or not, the fear of failure or the fear of testing the self esteem is one of the reasons you procrastinate.  Any person who is afraid to try something will feel guilty if he decides not to do it and, at the same time, frustrated by not having the courage to start and will often spiral between the two feelings by procrastinating. Be brave and you will save yourself a lot of time.

 4) Lock yourself up: sometimes you will find yourself motivated to work but others will distract you. Often a family member or a friend will distracts you during the time you want to be productive. So locking yourself up is a must if you want to get the important tasks done.

 5) Don’t wait for the mood: many people wait for the right mood in order to start. People who get the tasks done are the ones who work in spite of the bad moods. Procrastinators keep waiting for the right time or  the right mood . It won’t happen – so do it anyway.

What works best for you in terms of managing your time?

I’d love to hear your ideas. Email me on kirsten@coach4life.co.za OR post a comment…


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About Kirsten Long

Coach. Toastmaster. Prison-worker. Wife. Mother. Friend.
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7 Responses to 5 Ways to Stop Wasting Time

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  2. Waafee says:

    Very interesting idea. We do procrastinate our time easily. I accept all the idea you shared with us here. But, mostly #5 is what people goes through in their life time. Some of us relay our self on stimulant to get mode for the task we’re going to do. That is really something we need to aware of.

  3. farouk says:

    you are right kirstin
    i actually read your post at thechangeblog before
    you can find my comment there 🙂
    thank so much for giving me this opportunity to post on your blog

    • Kirsten says:

      Here are some ideas that were emailed to me:

      If you are waiting for something to happen, wait while you are busy.
      Start with the most I portent things and end with the least important or those without a deadline.
      Negotiate deadlines.

  4. Justin Mazza says:

    Great ideas here Farouk about not wasting time. I have my days when I am less productive than others but for the most part I remain producive. What works best for me is resting in between doing tasks.

  5. Kirsten says:

    thechangeblog.comThanks for the post Farouk! You have some interesting and workable ideas…

    I belive point 5 is hugely important. You can see more about my views here:


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