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15 Ways You Are Wasting Precious Time in This Temporary Life

Many are unaware about the amount of time they waste.

By Chris FreylerPublished 11 months ago 4 min read
15 Ways You Are Wasting Precious Time in This Temporary Life
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Below is a list I have spent years wasting time on. Not only wasting time, but the time I could spend improving my life, not escaping it. These are 15 things I am working on cutting from my life.

People-pleasing: It's damn exhausting. If you are the unfortunate one with this stellar trait, work on it. Sooner than later. It's a miserable life. Impossible to please everyone and a complete waste of time

Gossip: If you find yourself, or those close to you gossiping about people, remove or limit your time with them.

Toxic relationships: Did they cheat on you? Were you lied to? Wait! They said they would change? They won't. They definitely won't. Remove them from your life and find someone that respects you. Put your time into them, not wasting it on those that showed you who they are.

Health. Fast food may be quick, and some even say it tastes good. But with age and consumption, you will quickly find out why "convenience" is a waste of time.

Rumination: Obsessively thinking about people, events, and things you can not and will not change/control. Put that energy into yourself. Time well spent, not wasted.

Careers: I'm speaking of the ones that consume your life. We need doctors, nurses, attorneys, engineers, etc. but to me, living to work is not my ideal life to each their own.

Opinions: This is very hard, I know. I struggle with it. But if you can come to terms with not caring what someone thinks about you, well, life will be so much better! Not everyone will like us, be Ok with it. Be you, do you, and be kind to others.

Education: Unless it is needed for a profession you have a passion for, it can be a waste of time. Education is far more than books and schooling. I've met some of the most brilliant people with a high school education or less.

Social media: Oh, but you need the "likes." Not your friend. You need to portray this image that doesn't exist!? It's exhausting and a waste of time to chase attention while lying and masking it as you are out for the greater good. TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook are a distraction and a waste of time.

Drinking: Yea, it will give you a temporary sense of egotistical acceptance, but it's anything but that. So much time, money, and brain cells are wasted on a miserable comfort. Hard to be productive and face reality when you're drunk all the time, and planning your next drink and everything around the "next" glass.

Giving advice: Listen, there's nothing wrong with helping others. But wait for them to ask. And for the most part, the advice you give is something you should be taking yourself. Believe in your own advice, and it will be time better spent. It's all about the vibe.

Serial dating: I know some that are constantly dating. How god damn exhausting! Really. Talk, be friends, be alone, get to know yourself. In return, you won't waste so much time trying to find this perfect person to "complete" you. Instead you will find someone that adds to your life and you will do the same.

Friend group: We all need human interaction. I'm talking about those having to be in the "know" of everything. Many suffer from the fear of missing out(FOMO). It's Ok to "miss out" it's quality over quantity. Have very few good friends and let acquaintances be just that.

Hate: So much energy in the world and media is spent spreading hate. It takes a lot of energy to hate someone you don't even know. Think about that.

Forgiveness: I'm speaking of others that have done you wrong. Who says we have to forgive others for the wrongs they've done? Some shit deserves not to be overlooked. Accept it happened, and you can't change it, and it's in the past. Quit wasting time thinking about it! Change starts when we forgive ourselves that it happened. We aren't perfect.

The bottom line, we will waste years of our life worrying about shit that doesn't matter - years in relationships with those that don't value or respect us. And years chasing something that we "think" will make us feel better. Only to end up at the end of our road saying WTF.

What's not a waste of time is self-awareness. Gain it, and you won't waste any time on the 15 points above.


About the Creator

Chris Freyler

Mistake Maker Extraordinaire. Writing from a place I don’t understand at times. I write to help myself, in return hope it helps you. Just another Quora guy.

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