Do you ever wonder where your time goes? I do! I recently came across this article from Above Rubies on the top time wasters. I was guilty of several of them! This list is not to cut them out of our lives completely, but to watch out for things that can steal valuable time.
Top 10 Time Wasters for Women by Nancy Campbell
1. The Telephone. You can waste hours of time talking and gossiping on the telephone. Not only is it time-wasted, but this is usually when your children get into trouble, or be naughty because they realize the phone has taken mother’s attention away from them.
2. The TV. I would rather live life than watch it! Teach your children to ‘live’ life, rather than watch it go by. Remember that the day is for work, the evening is for relaxation. A good rule for your home is to never turn the TV on during the day. (It’s still a time-waster in the evening too!)
3. Reading novels when there is work to be done. Don’t be tempted to read a novel during the hours of the night, only to wake up too tired to cope with your children during the day.
4. Self-Pity and Worry. Thinking about yourself is a deadly time-waster. You can’t adequately nurture your children or bless others while you use all your emotional energy on yourself.
5. Lack of organization. If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it. It is important to have long-range goals, and a goal for each day.
6. Lack of Discipline. Do what has to be done, not just what you feel like doing. This develops character.
7. Trying to do everything at once. Tackle one job at a time and finish it completely. Then start another job. Clean one room at a time. You don’t have to get everything done in one day.
8. Inability to say, "No." Stay focused. Don’t get sidetracked. Your first priority is to be a wife, a mother and homemaker. Everything else comes second.
9. Too Much Stuff. The more "stuff" you have in your home, the more you have to clean. The more gadgets and ornaments you have, the more you have to dust. The more toys your children own, the more you have to pick up. They only need two or three at once. Put the others away. Continually ‘de-junk’ your house. Keep only what you need.
10. Inefficiency. When cleaning up, don’t carry one thing to another room and then come back for something else. Put everything for one room in a box, and then take one trip to that room. Save on unnecessary movements.