Wasting Time: 17 Ways You are Killing Your Time and it's FIX

Wasting Time: Hey There! In this article, we will be discussing the 17 Ways You are Wasting Your Time and how can you fix this issue. It is the 21st Century and Time is the real wealth. So, If you want to know the real culprits that are stealing your time, then you should read this article. We have also answered FAQ.

Wasting Time, Ways You are Wasting Your Time

So, Before moving on, as usual, let's answer the Frequently Asked Questions on How to Stop Wasting Time?


FAQ about Wasting Time

How to Stop Wasting Time and Study?

While Studying students face a hell lot of distractions. But, how can you stop wasting time on these distractions and just focus on your studies?

Well, take a pen and paper in your hand and write down all your distractions that are getting in your way to study harder. Now, just below that write reasons for why you want to study?

See, if you do not have a strong reason, then I am sorry because no method is going to help you until you are willing to put in the effort for your success.

So, Common reasons to study would be:
  • To Get Good Grades.
  • To Learn Something New.
  • Will be beneficial in my career.
  • For My Parents
  • For Myself.

So, once you have identified your distractions, you can write down the below motivating reasons that will help you to stay focused on your path.

How to Stop Wasting Time on the Internet?

The Internet can be fun. But at the same time, it can be addictive. We will be talking about this Common Time Waster later in our article, but first, you will have to understand that using Social Media and Stuff is not going to earn you some money.

Until and Unless you are a lifestyle blogger, vlogger or an Internet Celebrity.

So, You will have to understand that those big companies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram are wasting your time and making profits.


Because they have built their applications like that. They have these order givers called - Notifications. Whenever you hear the notification sound, you came like a servant to serve your master- The Smartphone.

So, Don't waste your crucial career-building time in Social Media. Instead, learn something productive from the Internet. Read motivational videos, read self-improvement blogs (Like Our's).

Wasting Time Quotes?

Take a screenshot of these quotes or write them down. Cause whenever you will feel like you are wasting your time, these powerful statements can help you to shift your focus back on to your goal and dreams.

Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can't accept who you are.

If Time is all the things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.

There's no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time. 
It's Funny to see that many people still waste their time. They have more time to waste time instead of utilizing it.

How to Stop Wasting Time Books?

These are a few books that I will Recommend to you. You should read any one of them at least once to understand the whole phenomenon of Time Management. 

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Things That are Wasting Your Time

#1: Social Media:

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This is one of the biggest Time Waster in the modern age. Every teenager spends almost 10-15 hrs on his Smartphone surfing the internet.

But, How much percentage of them are really doing something useful in that time period?

Only 2-3%.


Because No one wants to learn new things and skills from the internet. They do not want to work hard. But everyone wants to become rich by surfing the internet!

Tell me a successful person who spent time on Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, etc. and became a millionaire. Well, there are none, except their creators.

At least they did something in their lives. The thing that you are holding in your palms right now is filled with the latest technologies and interesting things that you should check out. 

But, Instead of extracting something useful from the Internet, you are wasting your time on Social Media by chatting with a person you don't even know.

The Problem is that deep inside you, You also understand that Social Media is a big time waster. But, at the same time, you don't know how to fix this issue. Don't Worry, let us look at the solution.


See, I am not saying that Social Media is bad. But, it should be used in a limit. Too Much of social media influence can have negative effects on you. Instead of spending time on learning new skills, you are spending time to update your WhatsApp profile picture.

So, What's the Fix?

Well, just use it in a limit. Now, you will have to take control over that. You will have to decide on how much duration will you use Social Media.

I would recommend is to use it in the Morning and before Sleeping. But, just for 15 Minutes. Not more than that!

You can upgrade or downgrade the timings and the session duration according to your lifestyle but be sure to use it in a limit.

#2: Television/Netflix:

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Have you ever wondered Why big car companies like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Porche, etc. do not run any TV Commercials for their marketing?

Well, when this question was asked to the CEO of Ferrari, he said that " We do not run any commercials because we know that the person who has the Capability to buy these luxurious cars will not waste his/her time on television."

Now, if you look at it, it is a very profound statement which is the truth.

The individuals who are successful and rich, do not waste their time watching Television. They do not even "Netflix and Chill."


Because they value their time. See, TV/Netflix etc. introduces you into fake originality.

The people you see, the characters, etc. are not real. It is just a mere fiction. But what you see does have a great impact on how you behave.

Have you ever noticed that whenever you watch a Horror movie you feel a bit scared? After watching a Comedy Movie or a Series, you keep laughing for almost three days by reminding yourself the same funny incident that happened in the Movie or the Series.

After you watch any Action movie, you feel very confident and you tend to behave like the hero of the movie.


Visual information and what you hear are the two most rapid ways to acquire information.

So, the next time you are going to watch a movie, try to watch biographies of famous personalities.

If you will look in Netflix, there are many inspirational stories that you can watch. By doing this you will be motivated and even if you are watching TV, you are actually something new and you are being productive.

But, yeah, only watching Motivational movies will not help you. You will have to use the information that you learned and apply it in your life. In simple words, you will have to take actions.

#3: Friends:

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You spend countless hours with friends. When you meet them in person and when you are using social media.

You are simply wasting your time by gossiping around with your friends on others. Do you think that gossiping around and simply wasting time talking to friends will make you rich and successful?

Absolutely, NOT!


Friends are necessary for life. But, over friendship can be harmful to you. So, you can talk to your friends and you should have a connection with them. 

But, say to them to not call you when you are working. If you are a student then keep your phone in silent mode and then start doing what's important, rather than wasting your time.

Once a famous philosopher said:

Show me your friends and I will tell you your Future.

Why this statement is so powerful?

Because it shows that you are made by the people you surround yourself with. If you have good friends then you will also become a good individual. But if your friendship is with "those boys" then maybe you will too become like them.

So, Choose your friends wisely.

#4 : Laziness:

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You are laying down on your bed or sofa, watching TV and you are just waiting for lunchtime so that you can eat again. 

And after lunch, what happens?

The same cycle repeats till dinner and then you sleep. The next day?

Yup, the same thing repeats!

What is Laziness?

Laziness is a stage where you do not want to do anything. You have no energy, low self-esteem, and motivation? Well, it's all gone.

Now that you have understood what laziness is, let's talk about the ways to overcome laziness.


If you have decided that you will not waste your time anymore, then great, do this.

If you are feeling lazy then only do two things on that day. The second day, you will have some sort of motivation and a bit higher self-esteem, at that moment you can complete three tasks.

And each day you can increase your daily tasks. By doing so you will start small but consistently.

Whenever you will feel sleepy, just listen to your favorite rock or heavy bass music. it will directly help you out, at least it did work for me!

#5: Games:

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Now, I am not talking about physical games or sports like cricket or football.

I am talking about video games or the games that you play on your smartphone.

Well, there are a number of benefits to playing games. But if you play games for more than 1 Hr. then maybe you are going to gift yourself the fattest eyeglasses that you can afford.

There was a time period where people played games like Candy Crush, Temple Run, and the classic Subway Surfers!

But, due to the changing time, people's taste has also changed. As a result, realistic games like PUBG and Fortnite has made their mark on the gaming industry.

Well, playing games like PUBG is fun. But, it can kill your time.


Make a Schedule for your entertainment time. Like, after doing all your work and tasks, you can then play games for relaxation. But keep in mind that you should not play these types of games for more than 1 Hr. because then it can become an addiction.

Video Games are a common time wasters that you should eliminate from your lifestyle if you want to make full use of the 24 Hrs. provided to you.

#6: Waking Up Late:

Wasting Time, Ways You are Wasting Your Time

If you spend the crucial morning time in bed and you are starting your day late, then how are you going to beat your competition?

See, successful people get up at 5 AM. And there's a strong reason for it.

Waking up early gives them time to evaluate the day. You should wake up early and make your own morning routine.

But, for now, just understand that if you spend most of your time in your sleep and watching great dreams. You are not going to make your dreams reality.

After you become successful you will have sufficient time to sleep. But for now, you will need to compromise your sleep if you want to increase your productivity and you can save yourself from wasting time.


We have a detailed article on waking up early, be sure to check it out!

#7: Not Prioritizing:

How many times did this happen to you that you are doing everything but still you are not able to complete your most important work on time?

It is because you waste your time in doing unnecessary things that are not going to yield you any benefit.

Well, it did happen to me multiple times. But, now I have adapted a Prioritizing stratigies.


Prioritizing means to keep your most important tasks at the top of your to-do list. This means that no matter what happens, you will have to finish that task on that particular day.

By prioritizing, you make things more simple and you feel relaxed because now you know that you have to do the following things that are mentioned in your TO DO LIST.

#8: Procrastination:

The biggest time waster is your mind!

Every time when you are meant to do something, you postpone it to the next day.

For Eg: Throughout the day you keep saying to yourself that, "Well, I have a lot of time to complete this work. Let's do this tomorrow."

And the sad part is?

Tomorrow never comes, and if it does come in your life, then it's already too late.

Procrastination is something that every human being is suffering from. Either directly or indirectly but everyone has been affected by their subconscious mind.


Most of the times we procrastinate because we don't like what we are doing. For Eg; You would never postpone a weekend with your friends. Will You?

So, first of all, you will need to understand that you will need to love what you are doing.

  • Maybe give yourself a reward every 15-30 Minutes. It can be a coffee break or a Social Media Break.

Have you ever wondered why we don't procrastinate when we are so close to the deadline?

  • It is because you know that you know that if you will postpone it now, then maybe you will lose your job or you will get a tight scold from your teacher.

So, Whenever you are given a task,  try to complete the work in small daily deadlines.

#9: Doing What You Hate:

The most common reason Why you waste your time would be that whatever you are doing, you are not loving it!

It's a common sense thing that you delay those work that you don't like to do.


Well, You can break your work into small seatings. For Eg: Rather than completing the task in 4 hrs. seating without break, you can do that work for 1 Hr. each for 4 times a day.

This is a very simple strategy but you can try this out.

#10: Internet:

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Ah, Yes! The Internet!

Well, the Internet has been tagged as one of the common time wasters. But it's not his fault.

You are the culprit!

Just Joking, do not punish yourself.

If you use the Internet for your well being then it is one of the greatest sources of information. Due to the internet now youngsters have many career opportunities like Digital Marketing, Blogging, Youtubing, etc.

You will have to understand that this age is a modern age. You have better chances to grow and become successful. The people who started a business almost 50 Years ago were not able to get the resources and information that they need.

But, even though they built big business empires.

Now, this modern age you have all the resources that you need right at your fingertips. Isn't it great?


Rather than spending time watching funny cat videos, look for topics like, How to Earn Money Online or How to become successful in life.

And believe me, once you search these kinds of phrases, the content that you are going to get would be mind-blowing!

So, Don't waste any more time and start watching motivational videos, read books, listen to self-improvement podcasts, etc.

#11: Taking Photos For Instagram:

Now You would ask, " What did Instagram do to you? Why you hate it so much?"

My answer is that I do not hate it.

But, what I hate is that people keep wasting their time on Social Media and most of the times, the Social Media that they use is Instagram.

I have seen many people take their photos for almost 4-5 Hrs. until they get the perfect picture. After wasting this much of crucial time, they keep saying to themselves that "I am a Perfectionist."

Few of my friends even take the picture of the food that they are eating and they upload it on various Social Media platforms including SnapChat!


Taking photos is not bad. In fact, they are the best way to capture memories. But, here's the deal,

Many people including you waste hours and hours just for the sake of a perfect picture. If you will utilize this time then you can do something productive.

Maybe complete the pending assignment or analyze your life right now and then write down your goals in a Journal.

A Successful person plans his coming 5 Years when all others are planning their weekends and photoshots for Social Media

#12: Eating Junk Food:

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Before Moving on, here's a Random Fact:

Just one in 20 people worldwide (4. 3%) had no health problems in 2013, with a third of the world's population (2. 3 billion individuals) experiencing more than five ailments, according to a major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2013, published in The Lancet.
          Source: ScienceDaily.com


Over 95% of the Population suffers from diseases. This means that on an average a person is ill for almost 4-5 Years throughout his life.

This means that your 4-5 years are being wasted either in a hospital or at home with a high fever.

And most of the diseases are caused because Our stomach is not healthy. There is a famous saying that if you are successful in keeping your stomach healthy, then you can be assured that there will be no sign of illness around you.


Today people are more comfortable with eating junk foods rather than eating the food that has been prepared at home.

You know that eating junk food is not at all healthy for your body. You can consume it once in a month, but every week or every day is a bit too much.

Try to control your diet and then you can stay focused on your job and studies.

There are many instances where you are not able to complete a task because of your illness and your focus is just lost somewhere.

Regain this focus for fasting every week, Sunday's are the best because most of the time you would be chilling out or you would be sleeping.

#13: Living In Past:

I bet you waste your time because of this which I am going to share with you in a second.

Living in the Past!

"I should have said like this to him/her. Hey, Remember the trip to goa that happened 3 Years ago, It was so cool man!"

These are the random thoughts that many of us come through in our day to day life. There may be many instances when you sit upon to do a job and just end up staring the wall in front of you.

Comment Down Below if you have experienced similar stuff!

Or Maybe you just keep messing around with your hairs and opening and closing the computer drawers just for fun.


You knowingly or unknowingly are wasting your time.


Whenever you will start doing these kinds of stuff, just divert your mind towards the work that you want to do.

For Eg: If you want to write a script but your mind is reminding you about the burger that you ate last Sunday, you can slowly divert your attention to your script. How?

Try to look at the pen or the pencil in your hand and then look at the script itself. Your conscious mind will be activated and you will start doing your work again.

Don't believe me?

Try this trick out once and then thank me later!

#14: What Other's Would Think:

It's the truth of life.

We spent the majority of our time thinking about others. It's a bit similar to the previous one that we discussed.

You keep thinking about -" What other's would think when I will complete this task. Everyone will hail me. Someone in the corner would be shouting my name and everyone would clap for me."

The sad reality?

You are just wasting your time thinking about the stuff that is not going to happen. Or if they are going to happen, then congratulations, because maybe you would have done something great because of which people are applauding you in real.


Just stop thinking about these kinds of heroic acts and concentrate on your work. One thing that I would suggest you do is Meditation.

By doing Meditation, you train yourself to get total control over your thoughts and then whenever you will start procrastinating and will be wasting the time on useless things, you can again sit back on your work desk and start something new and innovative for yourself.

So, Try out meditation and Visualization because it is also one of the Habits of Successful People. 

#15: Dilemma:

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It had been the case with me, and it can be the case with you as well.

Many times when we want to do something, our mind often keeps you in a situation where you are unable to decide which task is more important for you.

For Eg: If you are given a chance to spent time with your family or your friends, whom would you chose and why?

Some people would say family and some would say, friends. But in many cases, you are unable to decide between the two. And you spent your time deciding between the two tasks.

What happens then?

Well, you don't choose anyone and just leave the matter there.

So, What's the result?

You have wasted most of your time thinking about the situation and then you have got no time for action.

This is a condition of Poor Decision Making. Decision making is something that is very useful in every field. A person who has a strong decision-making ability can be termed as a leader.


Now, that you know that it's your poor decisionmaking abilities, you should work on it.

Because life will place you in various situations like these but they would be tougher than this one. In that condition as well, you should train yourself to decide faster and accurate so that you would not waste your time and instead you would utilize it to boost productivity.

#16: Hanging Out All Day:

It is Similar to the 3rd common time waster that I discussed. Nowadays many teenagers keep wasting their time by hanging out with their friends at various cafes and restaurants.

Instead of wasting your time, you should reinvest it in doing those tasks that would benefit you in the future.

Always Remember that:

Whenever you are watching TV, Partying Outside,etc. There is someone in some part of the world who is struggling for his dreams. Get Up and Work For Your Dreams NOW!

#17: Working All Day:

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Now that I have said all bad things about the "good stuff" like hanging out with friends, playing games, etc.

I would like to draw your attention to this:

On average, a person spends 25-30 Years at work. That means that more than 75% of your life is spent in your office. There is not time that you are giving to yourself.

See, Working hard is good, but Working for all your life will only impact on your relations, your mental and physical health.

So, give yourself some rest. Whenever you feel a bit low motivated, Just think that your mind needs rest. Go on a vacation for a week and relax for some time.


Do not waste Your Time on doing work all day long. Give time to your family, friends, kids, etc. And most importantly, Give Time to Yourself.


Life is short. If you do not believe me, then read this:

You work for almost 25 Years and sleep for almost 25 years as well. The first 20 Years of your life are invested in studying and this means the remaining time you have that is 5 Years is spent in your vacations, your illness, etc.

And On average, a person lives for about 75 Years. This means you have no time for yourself.

Well, Don't worry, it's not that terrifying!

You can take some time for yourself and for your friends and family as well. Here in this article, we have shared 17 Things That are Killing Your Time.

By reading this article you would understand the real worth of your time.

Here are the 17 Common Time Wasters:

  • Social Media
  • TV/Netflix
  • Friends/Gossip
  • Laziness
  • Games/PUBG
  • Waking Up Late
  • Not Prioritizing
  • Procrastination
  • Doing Something That You Hate
  • The Internet
  • Taking Photos For Instagram
  • Eating Junk Food
  • Living in Past
  • What Others Would Think
  • Dilemma
  • Hanging Out All Day
  • Working All Day


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