One of the things I struggle with most in life is feeling like I never have enough time to do everything that I want (or need) to do. Anyone else? Between work and play and family and friends, I often feel like my day is spent rushing from point A to point B, always running 5 minutes late. My perspective is starting to shift, however, after reading Overwhelmed: Work, Love, & Play When No One Has the Time, by Brigid Schulte, in which the author proposes that all of us perma-busy people actually have more free time than we think; we just need to master a few practices to make our work more efficient and our play more satisfying.
To be honest, the last thing I feel like working on right now is being more “productive.” What I really want is to capture any wasted time in my life that could be spent prioritizing what really matters to me: connecting with friends and family, savoring great meals (without being on my phone), spending time out in nature, and making time to relax and play. Based on research, conversations with friends, and my own firsthand experience, here are some of the most common time-wasters… and a few ways to purge them from your day-to-day. Keep scrolling, and let us know which ones you struggle with most in the comments!