Time Sinks Suck
Time sinks are everywhere. They get in the way of your life goals as well as your daily tasks. They eat up your precious time, taking away from your enjoyment of life. As a mother, I’ve found that some are bigger problems then others. Here are the 5 biggest time sinks that I’ve encountered.
1. Multiple Trips to the Store
Even a short trip to the store eats up a lot of time. Even after you get back, you’ve got to bring the groceries into the house, make space on the table for them, and then put them away. Right in the middle of all this, the kids usually walk in and then you’ve got to deal with their wants and needs while trying to get up.
2. Preparing Meals
You’ve got to find the right balance of eating healthy, but healthy meals can take a lot of time to prepare. Then there’s that moment when you’re just staring into oblivion (also known as “the fridge”), wondering what sounds good to eat. While you’re doing that, the kids are whining about what they do and don’t want, arguing, fighting, and raising your blood pressure. It’s exhausting as well as a waste of time.
3. Taking On Too Much
This is an easy mistake to make. You want to be a good mother, so you try to make sure you’ve got everything done. You’re not Wonder Woman, though, and even if you were, you couldn’t do everything. When you’ve got to do the laundry, schedule doctor appointments, help the kids with their homework, cook and serve dinner, take on volunteer assignments for the church, school, and local charities, walk the dog . . .
The time sinks in this mistake are exponential. You can’t do it all. When you take on too much, it becomes overwhelming and you just don’t know where to start, so you end up delaying on getting started, which means you get even less done!
4. Finding a Sitter
You want to get out and have some time with your spouse. No, you don’t want, you need! If you don’t get some intimate time, you can become disconnected, and that can ruin a marriage. So, you need a sitter, but getting one can become a massive time sink. You’ve got a good list of people who can do the job, but what if the first person on the list doesn’t answer? Do you leave a message and then wait for them to call back? Do you call the next person and try and secure them? Just getting a hold of one can really eat up your time.
5. Social Media
Social media can be a useful tool, but it can also have serious negative drawbacks. On top of that, it is one of the biggest time sinks of the modern world. Social media can – in fact, is often designed specifically to – trigger a dopamine release that makes you feel good. It drives you to be checking social media constantly, just hoping to get a little bit more of a high. If you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself spending literally hours a day doing nothing but refreshing tabs to see the latest posts.
Reducing Time Sinks
There are many ways to reduce the impact of these time sinks on your life. Whether it’s just setting a timer for your social media usage, or making careful plans ahead of time for your shopping and meals, you can reduce the amount of time you spend on any given task. This will free you up to spend more time doing the things that matter.
To learn more, check out my free guide (normally $9.99), 7 Secrets to Streamline Your Day.