“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
This quote has actually been said by quite a few people, including T. S. Elliot, Soren Kierkegaard, Laurence J. Peter and others, which makes sense because it’s a good way of thinking.
In the last post I talked about how I wanted to begin focusing on procrastination and how it affects people’s day to day lives. I still plan on doing that, but I realised that I didn’t explain much beyond the reasoning most people have behind procrastination. So today I wanted to give a broad solution to avoiding procrastination and preventing yourself from doing it at all.
Before I do that however, I’d like to go more in depth on today’s quote. Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Sounds like a contradiction at first, but after tossing it around in my head for a bit I began to understand. Time that I enjoy wasting isn’t really wasted time because I’m usually getting something done or building up enough energy to get something done. Therefore it’s not a waste of time.
Okay.. that seems pretty simple. Doing things I enjoy does more good than harm, so it’s not a waste of time. But then that made me curious too… if no time is wasted, then how come we do things like scroll through social media or play video games all day? Those things don’t really allow us to fully recover from things like exercise and they also don’t help us get anything done. They genuinely seem like a complete waste of time.
Then I remembered that there’s two parts to the quote, and I was forgetting about the part where it said “enjoy.” The thing is, it’s not really the constant scrolling that we enjoy as much as it is the opportunity for us to step away from our responsibilities and simply exist without stress. With this in mind it becomes clear that constantly being on our phones and whatnot isn’t really enjoyable, it’s just numbing.
Now that we understand that, we can begin to think of different things we can do to genuinely help ourselves. However, each person recovers differently, so we’ll have to get into that more in a future post. Until then, take some time to ask yourself what you can do in order to rest and recover properly in order to prepare for future tasks.
We’ll explore this idea more in future blog posts, so definitely be sure to think of questions that you can leave in the comment section. Leaving questions and feedback allows me to understand what I should address next, which is a good thing for both of us. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Tik Tok , Facebook, and Twitter @iamchrisgoode so that we can grow our community!