#359. If it’s not your goal, it’s a waste

Once you have your goal in mind, everything else is a waste of time. You should have a few goals that you focus on.

Your goals might be financial, personal, physical, professional, or whatever other category you prefer. But once you have those goals, doing anything else that doesn’t help push those goals further is a waste of time. Some things might be directly influencing your goals, some activities might be indirectly influencing them. But, if you can’t find purpose relating to your goals in what you’re doing, you are wasting time.

We are human, and we are bound to waste time doing one thing or another. If you are going to waste time, at least waste time doing something you genuinely enjoy doing. Think about it. If you’re wasting time, doing something that isn’t enjoyable, it’s pointless.

For example, I love to watch TV. Each season it feels that there is something new for me to be excited about on TV. Just yesterday I wasted a couple hours watching Ice Cube’s Big 3 Basketball league. But I genuinely enjoyed what I was doing so I don’t feel bad. In the fall, the NBA comes back, which I enjoy. In winter, some shows I like on the CW come back. TV is just one of the ways I like to waste my time. But I genuinely enjoy the things that I watch on TV, so I think it’s worth it.

The point is, if you’re wasting time do something exciting or enjoyable.

Minimize the amount of time you waste, the amount of energy you waste, and the amount of attention you waste. Schedule breaks so you don’t tire yourself out, but you can keep the wasted time at a minimum. Don’t use your most energetic times doing something unimportant and you can lessen energy wasted. Turn off notifications and work on one thing at a time, and you’ll be able to pay attention without waste.

These are all killer examples of how you can minimize things that aren’t helping you achieve your goals. If your goals are important to you, you must cut waste out of your life.

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