1. spend time on unimportant tasks
stop faffing around
The phrasal verb 'faff around' or 'faffing about' means that someone is doing things in a disorganised way, wasting time doing unimportant things and failing to get very much done. This is an informal colloquial expression however it can be used in both social and professional contacts. Similar in meaning to 'messing around' or 'wasting time'.