The Six Biggest Time Wasters

“ A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of time” — Charles Darwin

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The average person will spend more than 78,000 hours in front of the television over their lifetime, a new study says.

Researchers determined that viewers watch an average of 3,639 movies and 31,507 episodes of television, amounting to staggering 78,705 hours according to findings released by One Poll.

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Mr. William spent a lion`s share of his time in watching episodes of TV series all day long during the weekends, paying no heed to the certifications he could do that would help him get promotion.

He was always seen lazy and slouching, with no clear goal in his life.

His clock was ticking and dissipating valuable time in watching his favorite TV series instead of doing activities that could help him jump up the corporate ladder. He killed time in a way which served no benefit towards career growth in his life.

Ultimately, he was fired for not being keen in learning and doing his work.

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“Remember, Action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow”

— Steve Shallenberger

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I had a deadliest fear of Mathematics as a school going child.

With the fear of experiencing the terror of not understanding those complex algebraic equations and baffling trigonometric functions, I used to postpone learning.

Instead, I would repeatedly read and revise my favorite subjects — English and Biology and craved for the feeling of satisfaction and cognizance in learning those subjects.

Every time I had to do Mathematics, I took a U turn and made an escape.

The Final exams approached and the day before the Mathematics exam pushed me into anxiety, had cold feet and a racing heart beat for not being able to assimilate the concepts which I postponed earlier to learn. Fortunately, I cleared my exam.

But, this experience taught me a life lesson “ Never Procrastinate” and changed me as a person from that moment.

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For instance,on a Sunday morning, your friend asks you to accompany her to shopping which could be 6 hours long. But, you have an important graded assignment that must be submitted by Tuesday morning and you have a full day class on Monday. In such situations, you shouldn’t dawdle to say a NO, as you have something important scheduled for the day.

Remember! Personal priorities should be the first!

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I can recall the times when I was in 9th grade. As per the new rules of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), our subject notes were also graded along with the assessments. My English language teacher told that I need to write the letters “s” and “r” legibly and improve upon that from the next unit notes. I tore all those tens of pages I wrote and started writing all the units of English and other subjects as well in the summer vacation. The long 2-month break exhausted in just reproducing museum pieces of written work. My friends on the other hand, learnt new skills and used their time productively.

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According to a study, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the original task. Human brain needs more time to focus and involve in doing the work with concentration. Trying to focus on more than one task at a time reduces your productivity by a whopping 40%!

For instance, if you read a concept on plant tissues in Biology and switch to mixtures in Chemistry, your brain needs time to tune to the new concept. This switching leads to misuse of time and reduces the overall productivity of learning.

Another example in my life is about a friend of mine who is a book worm. He is always into books the complete day and also reads while having his meals. I once wondered and asked him, how was the taste of the food he was eating. Surprisingly, he couldn’t even tell what he was eating for a couple of seconds!

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For instance, if a person keeps worrying 3 hours a day for week, the number of hours spent in anxiety would be 21 hours, which is close to a day!

If the problem you are worrying about does not happen, didn’t you waste 21 hours of time draining your mental energy and valuable time that could be used to do some productive work like reading books on self improvement, or doing a course in Coursera, Udemy or Edx.

So,Stop Worrying — Start Living .

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