12 Ways You Are Wasting Time Everyday

Listen, we’ve all been there. You blink, and somehow the whole day’s gone.

But where to?

Well, strap in, my friend, because we’re about to take a little journey through the everyday time-sucks that are sneakily eating up your hours each day.


Ever had one of those days where you’re trying to get out the door, but your keys have magically disappeared? Yep, disorganization is playing hide-and-seek with your time.

It’s those minutes (which turn into hours) we spend searching for things in the chaos that we call our ‘organized mess.’ Tidying up might seem like a chore, but it’s actually a time-saver in disguise.


We all have that one friend who says they work better under pressure.

Spoiler: they’re usually the ones pulling their hair out come deadline day.

Procrastination isn’t just about being lazy. It’s a complex beast, often rooted in fear of failure, perfectionism, or just plain old bad habits.

The trick? Just start – even if it’s a small step. Momentum is a powerful thing.


Ever caught yourself staring at the ceiling at 2 a.m., worrying about something you can’t control?

That’s your brain on the worry treadmill – lots of effort, no movement.

Redirecting that energy into something productive, like problem-solving or preparation, can stop that treadmill and get you back on track.

Doomscrolling Social Media

Ah, social media – the land of cat videos and picture-perfect lives.

It’s easy to fall down that rabbit hole and emerge hours later, wondering where your day went.

Remember, while you’re watching someone’s ‘amazing’ life, you’re not living your own.

Use social media like a spice – a little can enhance your life, but too much, and it’s overwhelming.

Watching YouTube or TV

“Next episode playing in 5 seconds…” and there goes your evening.

We’ve all been there, glued to the screen, consuming show after show. But try to be selective.

Watching an episode (or two) of something you love? Great!

Mindlessly channel-surfing? Maybe not so much.

Getting Distracted

You know when you’re on a mission to do something productive, and then… “ding!” goes your phone?

Distractions are the cute gremlins that lure us away from our goals.

Setting some boundaries with tech (hello, ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode) can help keep those gremlins at bay.

Having Too Much Clutter

Clutter isn’t just stuff; it’s postponed decisions.

And those decisions can create a mountain that blocks your view of what’s important.

Clearing out the excess can feel like a breath of fresh air, giving you the mental (and physical) space to focus.


Spoiler alert: Multi-tasking is a myth.

Our brains aren’t wired to focus on more than one thing at a time.

When we try, we end up doing a lot of things poorly instead of one thing well.

Single-tasking is the new black.

Worthless Relationships

Ever spent time with someone and left feeling completely zapped? That’s your cue.

Time spent with energy drainers is like pouring your time down the drain.

Invest in people who uplift and inspire you instead – it’s way more rewarding.

Not Planning Meals

You’re starving. You open the fridge. Nothing.

The ‘what’s for dinner?’ dilemma can eat up your evening faster than a bag of chips.

A little meal planning can go a long way and hey, it might just turn into another hobby for you.

Not Being Fully Present

Ever zoned out in a meeting or while a friend’s talking to you?

Not being present is like sending a ‘read’ receipt on a text but never replying.

Being fully there, in each moment, can save you the ‘wait, what were we talking about again?’ moments.

Final Thoughts

Recognizing where your time goes is the first step to taking it back.

It’s about making smarter choices with the hours you have.

By tackling these common time-wasters, you can free up moments for the stuff that really matters.

And who knows, maybe you’ll find some extra time to do something wild, like learning to salsa, starting that novel, or just catching some extra z’s.

Now, wouldn’t that be time well spent?