Yesterday we talked about how poor (or no) planning can derail you from the goals you’ve set for yourself. And, as I implied in that post, planning how you are going to reach your goal is critical. Would you go on a road trip across the country without a plan?

Today we’ll talk about another potential obstacle to those ever elusive goals…

Time Wasters:

  • These days the number 1 time waster is…. Wait for it…. Any guesses?!?  Yep, you guessed it….SOCIAL MEDIA!!! How many of you have Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest accounts? Or maybe even all of the above? No, I’m not saying you need to deactivate all of your social media accounts, but I bet you’re probably wasting more time than you realize–most people I know spend literally hours every day scouring these sites for “likes” or “comments” or “re-posts” or whatever it is that makes them feel important.

Now carve out about 2 hours a week from this and get some exercise!! Or plan your meals for the week!! Or get a full 7-8 hours sleep!! The method I use is Anti-Social. “Anti-Social is an amazing app that makes it easy for you to target and block any distracting website so you can be more productive”, or if you are trying to reach an important health and fitness goal, to exercise, plan your meals, etc. Unfortunately, Anti-Social will only work on your computer. You will need this thing called discipline to manage your phone and/or tablet access.

  • The most famous of all time wasters has been around for decades (1927 to be exact), and that is the almighty television. TV is responsible for more lost time than all of the others combined (although Social Media will probably exceed it before long). And with the invention of the DVR, now people can record multiple shows to watch whenever they have a free few minutes.

Don’t let TV rob you of your exercise time, sleep time, cooking healthy meals time, or more importantly, your family time. Enough said about that.

How much time do YOU spend on your social media sites? How about watching TV? Have you missed out on workout opportunities due to either of these distractions?