The definition of wasted time

Sound familiar?

  • I needed to finish my paper, formatting and footnotes, but instead I got caught up checking my Facebook feed.
  • I would have rather gone to the game with my friends. At least they seemed to have a good time. Instead, I ended up at a birthday party with no one I knew.
  • I just felt like resting, rolled up in layers of blankets, maybe with a movie in the background. Instead, I decided to stay an hour late at work and then because of the storm I got stuck in traffic on the way home.

In other words, I wanted to _______, but instead I __________.

That’s the definition of wasted time. It’s┬átime spent doing anything you don’t really want to do.