I want to better.

That’s what I here people say a lot. That they “want” to be better. Most of the time they don’t end up doing anything about it. Isn’t that true? How many new years resolutions have you personally given up on after a short period of trying them out. I’m not insulting anyone. I do it just as much.

Doing things is really hard. It would always be easier to do something else, or even nothing at all. The key really is being able to see whether the benefits are worth the struggle. That isn’t you trying to do the last work possible, or being lazy.

That’s called efficiency. Look. Most of us have a despairingly finite of time on this planet. We don’t need to waste it doing anything that isn’t worth the time.

So next time you’re thinking about doing something. Or considering that it might be too hard. Stop and ask yourself some questions.

What’s my endgame?

What do you really expect to get out of this endeavor? Is it a worth it to you for the amount of time you’ll have to put into it? Will you really use it? If you can’t answer this easily then you have a lot more thinking before attempting to start. Otherwise you might quit part of the way through and end up with wasted time.

Am I the only one this benefits?

Always consider whether or not this will help you out other people as well. The opportunity to aid another person should make you willing to spend even more time on the task.

How long will this take?

Is this a 2 week thing? A 2 month thing? Or heck, a 2 year thing. Keep in mind that tasks that require more time should normally have a higher benefit.

Do I want this?

Sure, this one sounds easy. “I’m this far, so O definitely want to do this. But the reality is sometimes we think we want things, only to find out later that we don’t actually need them. Ending up with an end result that is no longer desirable to you is a good way to feel like you’ve wasted your time.

Learning to evaluate the upsides and downsides of a task is a good skill to have, especially for a young person transitioning into the real world. A lot of new stuff to think about and little time to waste. Whatever you are doing. Just make sure you really do it. And please. Don’t complain about it if you can do something about it.

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