Avoid Time Wasters and Reach Your Goals
by Homar Robledo | on January 25, 2013
It’s time to avoid time wasters and get to work.
I just spent the last few hours doing pointless things. I realized that there are a lot of time wasters when you’re trying to get stuff done online.
It starts to get irritating when the day comes to an end and it feels like I didn’t do anything productive. I noticed I start going into a distraction pattern and before I know it, a few hours go by and it feels like a complete waste of time.
Here are a few tips that I like to go by when this happens in order to avoid any additional time wasters and start working towards my goals.
Usually by the time I catch myself slacking, a few hours have past and there’s nothing I could do about it but stop what I’m doing and start doing something productive.
When I was attending college I slacked in a few classes that seemed easy. Obviously when something seems easy, you don’t really care too much about it; that’s how it was for me. We would get an assignment every week to turn in the following week.
Towards the end of the term I found out that I was getting really close to failing and I needed to turn in my assignments if I wanted to pass. Then I did what most people do when they slack. I did all my missing work and my current assignments; and I turned them in all at once.
Of course, it’s a little bit different in real life. In real life you don’t get any chances. The boss doesn’t give you a date to which you can turn in any missing work. You either do it or you don’t (and eventually you might get fired).
To help you be a little bit more productive and get stuff done, here are the top 2 time wasters that I personally know of.
Avoiding Time Wasters
The #2 site in the world as of today, Facebook has become the largest social site in history. It’s no surprise to see people spending countless hours on it. A recent poll showed that people actually feel happier when logging into Facebook on a daily basis.
It seems like the entire world has a Facebook page. People waste so much time on there, it’s not even funny. Don’t get me wrong, I have a Facebook as well but I tend to stay away from it for many reasons. It’s cool but just like anything else in the world, too much is never a good thing.
If you find yourself a little addicted to Facebook, it’s time for some help.
YouTube, the #3 site in the world, has about “48 hours of video uploaded every minute”. The site claims “nearly 8 years of content uploaded every day”.
The thing about YouTube is the related videos on the side. One minute you’re watching a video a friend sent you and the next minute you’re watching a grandma doing backflips on a skateboard dodging bullets.
Distractions are everywhere but if you just FOCUS on whatever it is you’re trying to get done, you’ll get it done regardless of what’s going on around you.
Learn to avoid time wasters and get your goals done. If you don’t really have any goals, check out this goal-oriented video.