Question: How do you define wasting time?
What kinds of activities constitute a waste of time?
The Background to these Questions
One thing you may or may not know about me by now: I’m SLOW. (I hope someone else can relate).
It’s why all the bosses I’ve ever had have hated me, and why I’ll never make any money.
My brain processes things slowly. As a result, my hands move slowly. I’m a slow reader and a slow writer. Add to that a perfectionist streak, and I never get anything done.
I’m inefficient. I’m terrible at strategizing. Plus, I’m an incorrigible daydreamer, forever distracted and scatterbrained.
But I want to DO so many things. I want to write and paint and cook and garden and raise a family.
I’m always trying to figure out how to make the most of my time. (Until I get distracted). It’s a puzzle I’ve been trying to figure out my whole adult life so far. (But I hate puzzles).
I want to know: how can I pare down my schedule so that I’m only doing valuable stuff? How do I get rid of the waste?
The trouble is, whenever I go over all the things I do in a day — especially the things that might seem like time-wasters — I don’t feel I can let any of it go. It’s all important to me.
- Cooking from scratch
- Getting enough sleep
- Internet stuff: reading blogs, even being on Pinterest and Facebook . . . it’s valuable to me because I come across amazing information and ideas on a regular basis that enrich my life. Plus it’s important, as a blogger, to connect with my “tribe” on a regular basis.
- Playing with Lydia and being present with her, cuddling, and enjoying her: these are some of the things that make my life worth living. And they’re important to her too, I’m sure.
- Daydreaming and reflecting: my brain needs to play
- Reading fiction: it’s where I experience beauty
(I do more things than these in a day. Laundry, grocery shopping, etc. These are just the first things I consider cutting when I’m trying to maximize my time).
So, back to my questions: what does count as a waste of time? How do you define it? What are some activities that constitute wasted time?
I’m mostly curious what you’d come up with. I don’t know if you could really help me.
The only thing I could think of as a pure waste of time? Watching ads. Nothing good can come of it. That is time eaten out of your day that you can never get back or redeem. This is time that could be better used doing basically anything else.
(But Ben and I don’t watch TV, so that doesn’t really help me).
Image courtesy of Bethan.