Time suckers are those things you do instead of doing the things you told yourself you were going to do. Time suckers draw our attention away from tasks that might be challenging or require focus and effort on our part. It’s what we do instead of doing what we said we were going to do. They are our go to distractions and take our focus away from our commitments, priorities and goals.
Suppose you set a goal to start working on the piles of clutter in your home and because your tired of losing stuff and want to feel organized. You really mean to get started on this but then something gets in the way. Instead of tackling the clutter you do something else first and get sucked in and before you know it a big chunk of your day is gone.
Here’s a list of some popular time suckers:
- TV – With so many great dramas, comedies, specials, reality shows and movies on regular TV and cable to watch there are endless possibilities. Ask yourself how much time do I want to spend watching TV and when do I want to spend it? Use your DVR to record your favorite shows and watch them when it’s convenient for you.
- Words with Friends – Totally addictive scrabble like game that you can play on your smart phone. You might have multiple games going at once. There’s a little dinging sound that let’s you know it’s your turn. If you are playing fifteen games your turn could take quite a while. Putting your phone on vibrate will help you resist the urge to play,
- Phone Calls – Try letting your calls go to voicemail and returning calls when you have time. Most calls are not urgent.
- Facebook – A huge black hole. Set a time limit before you get on and stick to it.
- Checking e-mails – Constantly checking e-mails takes your mind in a million directions. Create specific times for checking your e-mails but never before leaving for work in the morning if you want to be on time.
- Friends, Family and Co-Workers- You need to be clear about your boundaries and not over commit to helping other people with their stuff at the expense of not working on your goals. Be greedy with your time and ask not to be interrupted if you have work to do.
When you need to get stuff done try taking a mini vacation from your time suckers and investing the time you save in working on your goal.
Kathy Sussell is an ADHD coach in Brooklyn, NY. She helps teens, college students and adults with ADHD with time management, planning and prioritizing, getting started with and finishing tasks, organizing paper and objects and improving social skills. She is the organizer of the ADHD Women’s Meetup Group that meets every month in downtown Brooklyn. For more information visit her website: www.bravolifecoaching.com or email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org