You would think that a Ten on Tuesday topic like “10 Favorite Time Wasters” would be a breeze…but it didn’t turn out that way for me. That isn’t to say I never putter around and waste time, of course. It’s more that I can’t come up with ten specific, different ways that I do it – most of my time-wasting activities fall into fairly broad categories. I’m also inclined to consider something more of a waste of time if I don’t enjoy it and/or it’s totally unproductive; I would be more inclined to consider the activities I like as “guilty pleasures.” Therefore, I decided to split my time-wasters into five “favorite” and five “least favorite.”
For the record, I consider reading books and blogging to be neither time-wasters nor guilty pleasures!
Twitter, especially reading some of the @user tweets – it’s like eavesdropping on a party from the fringe of the group!
Google Reader, which never stays empty for very long
Web surfing – these days, that usually means leaving Reader or Twitter to check out links
Shopping (online or off-) without buying anything!
Sitting stuck in traffic (I live and drive around LA; I do this one a lot)
Being on hold on the phone (especially considering how little I like to use the phone in the first place)
Waiting in line (without a book to read!)
Meetings without a clear agenda
Re-doing something I thought was already finished (which actually makes the first go-round the waste of time, I guess)
How do you prefer – and hate – to waste your time?