How Would You Answer This Question?

Where do you waste time?  

A coach I worked with a few years ago asked me this question. I immediately answered: Looking for parking. 

I did the math and calculated that by driving to work, I usually spent about an hour looking for a parking spot by my office and apartment. An entire hour wasted every day driving in circles! 

So, I committed to taking the bus. Even though some days it’s a rough ride (due to delays and crazy folks) and can take longer than driving, I now get a ton of reading done. In fact, I look forward to cracking open a nutrition book or diving into a positive psychology article on my commute. Plus, I’m one less car on the road, which is better for everyone and our planet.

A Barrier to Well-Being
I like to ask my clients this question when they say they don’t have enough time to do the healthy activities they would like to be doing, like exercising, cooking, sleeping or meditating.

No matter how jam-packed their schedules are, with some honest reflection, they can always identify at least one timewaster. Perhaps it’s incessantly checking email or Facebook, mindlessly surfing the web, getting drawn into multiple TV show episodes, striving to do everything perfect, gossiping with office mates, or worrying about what they should or shouldn’t have eaten.

Once they get real with identifying and addressing their time sucks, it’s much harder to use “lack of time” as an excuse for not doing what they say they really want to do. Their barrier isn’t time deprivation, it's time allocation.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I win big when I find some “extra” time in my day.

Take a moment right now to ask yourself: Where do I waste time?