Wasting Time Management

How to manage the habit of wasting time

If you search online for a list of time management tips, you’ll find time management tips like:

  1. Conduct a time audit
  2. To do list
  3. Daily review
  4. Set priorities
  5. Differentiate important and urgent
  6. Set times
  7. Learn to say ‘no’

This is a typical ‘how to’ list. For a person who just needs a simple guideline list, these are fine. For people who struggle with a habit of procrastination, a set of guidelines like these can simply lead to more procrastination, internal conflict and increasing self-judgment.

procrastination time managementThe essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surely accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people. This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally doesn’t make people happy.  –  James Surowiecki

A typical ‘how to’ manage time list for many, if not most, people is a waste of time because their established habits override their reasoning brain. This is not to say that knowing the 10 best tips for effective time management is not of value, but understanding ourselves and our habits is at the core of effective time management.

We all do what we do because we think it will make us happy – if not happy, at least less miserable. More understanding of why we procrastinate will help us understand ‘what’s in it for me?’  Procrastinating might be the ‘lesser of two evils’ so to speak.

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.  –  Wayne Gretzky


Effective time management is a lifestyle change that doesn’t require us to become a slave to a calendar and 10-minute intervals. Effective time management actually helps us to have more time in our lives – that we don’t have to fill up with more ‘to dos’!

If you’re ready to start managing ‘wasting time,’ give me a call: (231) 838-2568