Do you ever feel like you're wasting your time? We all do things sometimes that seem like a good idea but end up being a total waste of time. The following list highlights fifteen things people feel are the biggest waste of time.
1. Arguing with Strangers on the Internet
We've all been there. You stumble on a post or comment that gets under your skin, make the mistake of responding, and before you know it, you're deep into a heated argument with someone you've never met. While it might feel good to get your point across, it rarely changes anyone's opinion.
2. Pursuing Someone Who Doesn't Want You
We all hope that the person we have feelings for will share the same feelings that we do, but sometimes, we waste our time chasing after someone who isn't interested. You deserve to be with someone who wants to be with you just as much as you want to be with them.
3. Comparing Your Life to Social Media
Social media is not real. But so many of us get jealous of the highlight reels of other people's lives on social media. Don't allow yourself to feel inadequate because the reality is that most people only share the best parts of their lives online.
Have you heard of doomscrolling? It's a relatively new term that means endlessly scrolling through negative news stories on social media or websites. It's essential to stay up to date with the news, but doomscrolling can negatively impact your mental health.
5. Seeking Validation from Others
We all want to be liked and accepted by others. But seeking validation from others is definitely a waste of your time. It's a slippery slope when you begin to allow the opinions of others to dictate how you feel about yourself. Your worth should come from within, not from the views of others.
6. Hanging Out with Fake Friends
Do you have any friends who only seem to be around when they need something from you? Fake friends will do nothing but hold you back in life. You must surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you and your well-being.
7. Commuting to Work to Attend Virtual Meetings
Remote work has become so popular over the last few years, so much so that we attend virtual meetings even while at work. If you're expected to commute to work to participate in virtual meetings, it can feel like a waste of time. If your job allows it, skip the commute and attend the meetings from home.
8. Wait time to See the Doctor
We've all experienced it, sitting in a doctor's office two hours after your appointment, waiting to see the doctor. It's frustrating, but it also feels like a waste of time. Try scheduling your appointment for the first thing in the morning so you don't have to wait as long.
9. Meetings That Could Have Been an Email
Have you ever been in a meeting that could have been an email? We all have! These meetings are a significant waste of time. If you're the one in charge of scheduling meetings, make them as efficient as possible and only invite the people who need to be there to make sure the agenda is clear.
10. Scrolling on Social Media
Getting lost scrolling on social media for several hours a day is so easy. The apps were designed to keep us on them for as long as possible. If you know you have a problem with getting off the apps, try setting a timer to monitor and cut down on your screen time.
Most arguments are a waste of time. While you need to stand up for yourself and your beliefs, most times, it's just not worth it. It's always better to take time to cool off and try to talk things out when you're more level-headed. But walking away is okay if you find yourself in an argument that isn't going anywhere.
12. Worrying About Other People's Opinions
We're all different and have different beliefs and opinions, and that's okay! You can't please everyone, so worrying about other people's views will be a waste of your time. Do what makes you happy and let the rest fall into place.
13. Road Rage
Getting angry at other drivers doesn't get you to where you're headed faster. In fact, it could slow you down and completely ruin your mood. While driving, take a deep breath, and don't allow yourself to be harassed.
14. Hate-watching Movies and TV
Hate-watching is a strange phenomenon. So many people spend hours watching movies or TV shows they don't like and complaining about it. If you're not enjoying something, why are you watching it? Life is too short to waste time on things you don't like.
One of the biggest time-wasters is procrastination. We all do it, but it's important to recognize when you're doing it and stop. If you're a procrastinator, break your task into smaller, more manageable pieces to help make it feel like less of a challenge.
This post was inspired by this thread.
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