There are 168 hours in every week, but sometimes it certainly doesn’t feel like it. If you find you don’t have the time to tackle all of your to-dos each day, it might be time to start crushing your time wasters with these helpful tips.
1. Social media: 1 to 2 hours
If you’re like many Americans, sharing your life on social media has become part of your daily routine. We spend almost two hours posting and scrolling each day.
Solution: Limit surfing to certain days of the week. Split the platforms up into different days, so you never feel like you missed out on something.
2. Grooming: 30 to 45 minutes
Getting going in the morning can be tough. On a typical day, we spend anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes getting ready. And that doesn’t even count hitting snooze.
Solution: Set out your next day’s wardrobe the night before, or limit yourself to a handful of outfits. Give yourself a time goal and work to hit it.
3. TV: 2 to 3 hours
While binge-watching the most talked-about shows can be great for conversation at work, it can steal up to 27 hours per week, on average. That’s 16% of your week!
Solution: Try cutting down on your TV watching by limiting it to certain days of the week. If you want to binge, save it for the weekend when you can sleep in the next morning.
4. Searching for keys: 15 to 45 minutes
Or your wallet, your bag, your glasses—the list of items we regularly misplace is long, and during the average lifetime, we spend 3,680 hours looking for them.
Solution: Create a special spot to keep everyday items. Put a small bowl for your keys by the door so they’re the last thing you grab going out and the first thing you drop off coming home.
5. Organizing: 1 to 2 hours
The average American home has more than a quarter million individual items. That’s a whole lot of stuff to keep, stash, store, organize and declutter on a regular basis.
Solution: Take a minimalist approach, and get rid of a bag of stuff each week. Or review your daily routine and see how you can streamline your organization.
6. Multitasking: Countless hours
Everyone juggles multiple things at one time or another, but multitasking generally isn’t productive or good for you. Switching tasks can lead to a 40% loss in productivity.
Solution: Focus on finishing large projects in small parts, so that you can dedicate yourself to each task completely. It’s good for you, for your family and for your brain.