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Describe an activity you usually do that wastes your time

Describe an activity you usually do that wastes your time
Describe an activity you usually do that wastes your time image

Cue card

You should say:
– What it is;
– When you usually do it;
– Why you do it;
– And explain why you think it wastes your time.

Sample answer

Well, life has become extremely fast and busy, and people often complain that they are short on time, yet we waste a lot of time intentionally or unintentionally. Here I would like to talk about an activity that I do regularly, and it wastes my hours easily. The fact is that I am quite active on social media, which is more like a weed these days.

It is a more practical way to remain in touch with friends and relatives as it saves a lot of time and energy when compared to meeting others personally. But sometimes, I feel I waste too much time on this. Firstly, I have a huge network of friends who are active on different apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and others, and for their sake, I always have to remain active on these platforms. In addition, people sometimes share posts unduly and always expect from others to comment, and a few of my friends are so obsessed that they get angry with me if I don’t comment in time.

Similarly, every second day is someone’s birthday, and I have to spare time to wish them. Moreover, these platforms are bombarded with extremely tempting advertisements, and once I get on these sites to check anything, I end up wasting a lot of time. I feel very bad because now I am kind of addicted to using these platforms. I can utilize this time more productively than I waste here unduly. So, this is an activity that I do regularly, which wastes a lot of time of mine.

Some IELTS Speaking part 2 cue-cards you may like :

Part 3

1. What (time-wasting) things do people feel stressed out about?

People usually feel stressed out about their commutes. If they have to wait in traffic, they’ll get frustrated, especially if they’re already running late. Waiting in a long line of cars is a huge waste of time. I don’t know anyone who can sit in the middle of rush hour and not feel a little stressed. Actually, I think people hate waiting in line in general, whether it’s on the highway or at a store.

2. Why do some people not follow their own plans?

It seems to me that some people abandon their own plans because they don’t have enough motivation or dedication. Although they might set clear goals for themselves, they might not follow through because things get hard and they don’t have the drive to keep going and push through. But in other situations, people don’t follow their own plans because they realize it’s not the right plan, or that there’s a better choice for them.

3. How do you balance work and life?

I think balancing work and life is always a work in progress. We are always doing it, and it is not something specific. For example, if we go on vacation with the family, we come back and spend extra time at work to make up for the pending work. Another rather unhealthy way, we achieve it is by cutting down on our sleep hours, but it takes a big toll on our mental and physical health.

4. Will you continue doing something when you are aware that it wastes your time?

I think the adage ‘bad habits die hard’ would be the best answer to this question. I think we do such things because we are addicted to them. I think it’s very hard to give up on such activities, and it requires a lot of will power. However, the realisation that the activity is wasteful is the first step, and once people have that, it becomes easier to stop.

5. What kind of things make people pressured?

I think there are millions of things in today’s life that stress us- for example, financial obligations, unreasonable work deadlines, competition with others, and maintaining relationships. The pressure each puts varies according to the stage of life- for example, competition stress is in the early stages when we are trying to get into universities or trying to secure a good job and financial stress comes a little later when we have to manage the expenses for the whole family.

6. Why do some people refuse to abide by the rules?

I think there is a certain thrill in breaking the rules and doing whatever we want. In some ways, it is exhilarating and freeing to not care about the rules and regulations. Actually, I think it is good as long as we don’t harm others because it prevents life from becoming monotonous and boring.


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