John Williams


Managing Time Wasters

#John Williams | July 13, 2017

When I set out to create my “Wormhole Moon” three-book series, I knew it would be a challenge. The first book is published and the second is more than half way completed. That is not at the absence of many distractions and difficulties along the way.

There will always be those things that will hinder, distract and discourage us. My particular distraction is the news of the day and social media. I like to keep up with what is going on in the world, so I will go online and read or watch a few reports. The risk is that it goes from a few stories to about an hour and one-half. If you are to achieve any goal that is worthwhile you will have to resist what I call “Time Wasters.”

Time wasters can be things like watching hours of television, sports, TV series, movies, video games, gambling, etc. Consider it being anything that will waste any more than one hour of your time. I usually write for about 30-40 minutes at a time. It is important to know that when I say writing, that could be the writing of new material, it could be reviewing and revising previous chapters.

I would challenge you to journal the use of your time for a week. You might be surprised with what you find. I recommend by starting slowly and cutting an hour at a time. If you watch four hours a night, try adjusting it to three and use the remaining hour to work on your project. One hour a day on your project and yield you 365 hours a year that you are working for yourself! Being mindful of the use of your time can help you achieve more in the same amount of time that you would otherwise waste.

If this has helped you, would you kindly let me know by leaving a comment? Thank you.


– John