I get on it so much about saving time and finding ways to create more of it, I thought it was time to fess up. I am also really good at wasting time. But then what self-employed, creative entrepreneur isn't?
The key word here is creative. When creativity is part of your game it's a lot easier to waste time. In fact, often when faced with the ugly green eyed monster who gets in the way of one's creativity - the only thing creative you can come up with is ways to waste time.
In the digital world the possibilities are endless. Without even leaving your desk look at all these things you can do.
1- Unsubscribe to all those email newsletters you keep getting that you (a) don't remember subscribing to or (b) are sure you did and can't figure out how they keep coming back.
2- Read Jerry Seinfeld's AMA on Reddit. It's really funny.
3- Go through the sponsored Ads on the side of your Facebook feed, one by one, and click the button that says you don't want to see that ad anymore.
4- Change the display on your computer screen every ten minutes until you find one that suits your mood.
5- Delete all the apps on your iPhone you haven't used since the day you downloaded them.
6- Read through your back-up of Google Alerts and discover that the National Association of Professional Organizers has deemed February National Time Management Month. Who knew?
7 - Google the Kardashians and see if you can figure out what it is they actually do that earns them a living. (this one can waste more time than you ever thought possible)
8 - Create a Spring Fever Pinterest Board for no other reason than to dream of Spring.
9 - Search for contests you can enter to win and enter them. (here's a cool one from The Travel Channel)
10 - Write a blog about wasting time instead of working on the five other projects you still have not finished.
I could go on - but I've wasted enough of my time - and yours - at least for today. it's time to go back to work.
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Note: This article also appears on www.joannetombrakos.com.