Describe an activity that you usually do that wastes your time IELTS Cue Card

Describe an activity that you usually do that wastes your time

Describe an activity that you usually do that wastes your time


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

What it is-?

When you usually do it?

Why do you do it-?

And explain why you think it wastes your time?

Sample Answer 1


There is no denying this conviction that time is the most vital resource at our disposal. Once gone, it never comes back.

Although I try to make the best possible use of my time, there is one activity in which I waste a lot of time.

What it is?

I spend two to three hours on a popular social networking application called Instagram.

When do you usually do it?

I do it every day.

Why do you do it?

The primary reason for spending time on it is that I get instant gratification from it. Being a student, I have to spend about 7-8 hours in the study every day.

Due to this reason, sometimes I get stressed. So to relieve the stress and break the monotony, I have developed this habit.

And explain why you think it wastes your time?

With the heaps of experience I have in using Instagram, I have concluded that using this application is a sheer wastage of time and money.

When I had started using it, I used to believe that, I could find a plethora of information through it. However, with time I have realized that the information provided over here is not verified. Hence, any person sitting in any nook and corner of the world can put information on it, and there are no criteria to check the validity of the information provided.

Moreover, it contains a boatload of photographs and videos, which are highly addictive and do not provide any useful information.


The daily routine of engaging on Instagram is an imprudent approach, and I have decided to work with determination, dedication and discipline to change this habit of mine.

Sample Answer 2


There is no denying this conviction that in this contemporary epoch, there is fierce competition, and due to that, time is scarce in most people’s lives. Yet, we have this uncanny knack for wasting our time on unnecessary things.

What it is?

I have this strange habit of watching television for prolonged hours.

When do you usually do it? and

I do it daily. In the morning I watch the news, in the afternoon I watch chat shows and in the evening I watch web series.

 Why do you do it?

I do it because I get instant gratification from it. These days the world is going through turbulent times due to the corona pandemic. In such a situation, everyone believes that staying at home is a prudent approach because the coronavirus is highly contagious and spreads rapidly.

Hence while sitting at home, I have developed this unproductive habit of wasting hours and hours watching television.

Explain why you think it wastes your time?

It is time wastage because most of the content shown is far from reality. Firstly the news channels are running for 24 hours, and providing news for such a long time is a daunting task. Since news for such a long time is not available, the channels have no options but to produce fake news.

The content shown by the channels in terms of news is highly exaggerated and often has no relation with the actual event.

Secondly, the programmes related to history are highly manipulated. The central focus of the channels is on grabbing more eyeballs to generate more viewership. Hence, they strive hard to produce such programmes which are highly addictive for the masses but provide distorted history.

Lastly, the entertainment programmes are repetitive. The ideas of most of the shows are more or less the same.


In nutshell, watching tv is not at all worthwhile. Thus, I am going to break this habit soon.

Sample Answer 3


There is no escaping the fact that time is the most vital resource at our disposal. It is our bounden responsibility to make its judicious use.

Although I pay excessive heed to save time, there is one activity that usually wastes my time.

What it is?

The activity that wastes my precious time is gymming.

When do you usually do it?, and Why do you do it?

I do it every day to have a good physique.

Explain why you think it wastes your time?

I think planning is a waste of time because I have been doing it for two years without much benefit.

These days fitness is a big industry. Due to this reason, the big companies leave no stone unturned to rake in big bucks. And to do so, they overhype the benefits of gymming.

Every day we read articles that joining a gym helps us to have a fit and healthy life. After getting lured with one such advertisement, I had joined a gym and paid the two-year fee in advance.

The real issue is that the contribution of exercise in weight loss is just 20 per cent, and your diet plays the primary role.

For example, a chocolate pie contains around 1500 calories. When we eat such a heavy calorie delicacy, we need to physical work out for at least four hours in the gym to cover up.

Due to this reason, despite working hard, I haven’t lost much weight with gymming.

In my opinion, going to the gym is a sheer wastage of time as well as money.

Hence the possible course of action we must take for weight loss is to focus on our diet.

Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe an activity that you usually do that wastes your time”.

1. How do you balance work and life?

To balance my work and life, I have devised a strategy, and that is to follow the water-tight compartment principle. As per this principle, the office work should not be taken to the home and home affairs, and the task must not be a part of your office hours. The adoption of this strategy has brought a massive transformation in my life.

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

Certain bad habits become hardwired in our brains. Despite knowing that they are detrimental to us, we continue with them because we do not have sufficient willpower to break them. The same is the case with those activities which waste our time.

3. What kind of things make people pressured?

A person usually has three goals in life. The first goal focuses on improving family life, the second one on career and the third one on health and fitness,while attaining such goals, we face a lot of hardships, that make it difficult to attain these goals. In such cases, the people generally feel pressured.

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

Some people have this uncanny knack for breaking the rules. They “believe in everything as per my convenience” attitude. Such people are of an egoist nature, and they do not pay heed to the comforts and needs of others. Moreover, in some cases, they think that rules and regulations are detrimental to their freedom of expression. That is why they find no harm in not abiding by the rules.

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