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Now is the time to stop wasting time on mindless time fillers. They leave us drained and eventually with lots of work piled up that will just become too overwhelming to even want to deal with.

Spotting mindless time fillers
They are easy to spot: Facebook, video games, cell phones, television. When we do them, we get absolutely nothing accomplished. I’m not saying there is nothing to be accomplished on them but that they can be time killers when not used responsibly. We find ourselves wasting our time on them when we are bored but don’t want to do what actually needs to be done. So they keep us busy filling our time, yes; but are not productive at all.

Stopping mindless time fillers from filling your time:

  • We can stop them from filling our time without quitting them altogether by setting a daily time limit and sticking to it. 30 minutes a day should be long enough as it is not too long, leaving you feeling drained and not too short, leaving you wanting more.
  • Sometimes we waste time because we do not know where to begin. Having a list of things that need to be done will give us a heads up.
  • Stay focused in the task at hand. Turn off notification ring tones, close the Facebook tab and get to work. You will be much more productive and be done with the task before you know it!

Apply these simple steps and be on your way to a more productive you in 2013!

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

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  • Ashley, this comment stuck with me: “Sometimes we waste time because we do not know where to begin.” I am ADHD and time-wasters are so easy for me to be a part of. I must train myself (buffet my body/mind?) to not do this. Thank you for the post.

  • Ashley Fordinal says:

    That’s right! ADHD or not, we can all train ourselves with the Holy Spirit as our guide, to become better at managing our time. I fall short in this area as well but as I live day to day, I choose to make a conscience effort to stay focused and apply these steps. Thanks for your reply Robbie.

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