While it’s true that time is your most valuable asset, sometimes wasting time can be beneficial. For example, distracting yourself from work for a little bit can give your brain a chance to rest and recharge. It may also spark creativity, boost your mood, reduce stress, and reminds you of your goals.
In short, wasting time in doses can make you more productive.
But, that’s not the case with time-stealers.
Unlike a time waster, a time stealer doesn’t require your time and energy. To put that another way, checking your inbox is a common time-waster. Even though evens a distraction at the moment, you’ll eventually have to check your inbox. Conversely, responding to a “do not reply” email would be pointless.