Are you wasting your life? 10 productive things that will help you get more time out of your day

Life is precious and you know that we are all given ample time to do the things we need to do – most of us are just not very good at managing our time. Where are you wasting time? Do any of these apply to you?

The top 10 things that are wasting your time:

#1: Buying coffees

Australians consume 2.9kg of coffee per capita annually, compared with just 0.6kg 50 years ago.  We are spending more and more time away from our desk and our other tasks getting that “cup of joe”. Cut back from three cups per day to just one and save yourself a cup of time!

FIX IT: – save 5 to 20 minutes every day

#2: Eating, drinking and cooking

In Australia, we spend an average of two and a half hours per day eating and drinking, 50 per cent of which is done while doing something else, like watching television, driving or working. By getting organised and doing a weekly meal plan and shop, you can save a big bite of time.

FIX IT: – save up to 1 hour every day

#3: Watching TV and movies

It’s official, According to the ABS, Australian adults spent an average of 13 hours a week watching TV. While television can be a great resource for education, relaxation and entertainment, most of us would admit that we spent too much time watching TV. Tune out and save time.

FIX IT: – save up to 2 hours every day

#4: Looking for lost items

In the US, about 12 000 laptops are lost each week and 113 mobiles are lost or stolen every minute (that´s 6780 in a single hour!). The figures in Australia may be similar on a per capita basis. The solution? Keep your things organised and make sure everything has its “place” and save valuable time.

FIX IT: – save 10 minutes every day

#5: Email

You knew this one was coming, didn’t you! Some research has found that email takes up 28 per cent of the average worker’s day. Can you believe that this means it’s the second-most time-consuming activity we do? Check your mail at set times only and open up minutes and hours of time!

FIX IT: save 30 minutes to 1 hour every day

#6 Commuting

It takes on average 27 minutes for Australians to get to work, with it taking 45 minutes for 17 per cent, a study by office space provider Regus indicates. Ask your boss for a flexible working arrangement and save yourself time and money commuting – even one day per week.

FIX IT: – 10 minutes to 1 hour per day

#7: Social media

People s aged 18-64 who use social networks say they spend an average of 3.2 hours per day on their various platforms, according to new research by Ipsos. Female networkers spend 40 per cent more time daily with social media than men (3.6 vs. 2.6 hours) Log off and save a huge chunk of your day!

FIX IT: – 10 to 45 minutes per day

#8: Lack of organisation

In a recent poll, 73 per cent of respondents said disorganisation was an issue they deal with in their workplace. “To put that into perspective,” they say, “a manager with a salary of $50K could potentially cost the company more than $11K per year.” Get organised and save both time and money!

FIX IT: – 20 minutes per day

#9: Procrastination

“Australia is well known for its relaxed culture and high quality of life,” says Survey Compare. “However, according to the ABS, we are a nation of procrastinators.” Research compiled by the ABS reveals that on average we enjoy 5 hours of free time daily. Get cracking on your projects and hack this time back!

FIX IT: – 30 minutes per day

#10: No plan

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” And consider this quote from Eisenhower: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Plan your day, your life and your career or studies and get ready to flourish!

Productivity Life hack – LIMITLESS!

Top 3 tips for being productive, and staying productive:

1. Learn your working style
2. Eliminate distractions
3. Set a time limit and stick to it!


What are you tips for being productive? Please share them with me!



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