Time – a resource that we know is more precious than any other, and the resource that is most often wasted. To define what a waste of time is, it is basically any time that you spend doing either nothing or something that does not make your time on this planet worthwhile.
While everyone has different priorities and that plays a major role in deciding what activities are worthy of your time and efforts, there are some universal priorities like health, education, and personal well-being that we all share. From exercising to upgrading your skills or practicing your hobbies, there are a number of things that deserve your time and efforts. Here is a list of some of the many activities that can help you minimize wastage of time and maximize your productivity and potential:
- Exercise at least thrice a week: You work really hard to earn a living, don’t you? In order to keep your mind and body healthy, it is important to work out at least thrice a week. A common misconception is that people work out only if they want to lose weight and build muscles – the truth is that everyone needs to be physically active and exercise to keep the blood flow to your organs maintained, to improve your stamina, to keep your body toned, and to develop strength.
- Being around the right people: If you are at work all the time, or if you are living a fairly lonely life, you need to get out and be around friends and family. Being with the right people means people who make you feel better – avoid toxic people and spend more time with your loved ones and well-wishers to have your positivity at an all-time high.
- Learn about yourself: Many of today’s younger generations feel detached from themselves. It is a spiritually enriching experience for anyone to get to know their inner selves. This includes reading about how your body works, how your mind operates, and other things that may interest you. Knowing yourself can help you connect your mind and body together better than otherwise.
- Keep a daily journal: When you are done with the day’s chores, or on days where you feel like you have not achieved anything notable, sit back and reflect on your day. Have a diary to note down each day’s main activities, achievements, failures, and anything special. Think about what you learned, note any words that someone said that caught your attention, or write down anything that inspires you each day. This may seem like a very small step individually, but when you look through your journal after a few days, you will be surprised to see how your days are all so alike yet so different.
- It’s never too late to learn: Remember when you were a kid and you wondered if birds could fly, so could you? Well, maybe you didn’t wonder about that but I did. We all think of learning amazing things when we are kids but become too occupied as we grow up. Skip the second thoughts and learn a new skill. Especially when you have so many free tutorials on the internet, just search up anything that interests you and expand your skillset.
- Plan your budget: Budgeting can help you utilize your resources better, including your money and time. Taking some time out every time you receive your salary can contribute largely to how your month is spent, like deciding the times you will be eating out or going on a road trip.
- Get on to your to-watch list: We often make lists to watch shows and movies that just keep stacking up and never watch them. While many people would not consider watching movies and TV shows a time-worthy activity, it is, in fact, a stress-relieving activity which can be beneficial after a long day at work.
- Maintain a bookshelf: Whether you have heaps of unread books at your home or have been fond of libraries naturally, reading is a great activity to pass your time without wasting its potential. Reading helps improve your critical thinking, imagination, understanding, and even language skills.
- Have deeper conversations: Do you have friends who you talk to on-call for hours and then feel like you wasted the time? Opt for people who understand you and your life, and talk to them about your life. Have conversations that expand your knowledge base or that make you think – don’t just gossip.
- Hit the sauna: You would usually expect ‘hit the beach’, but I said sauna because it is quiet and warm. In fact, the sauna can give you a meditation-like experience.
There is so much to do in life, yet we waste away the days doing things that aren’t good for us, like overthinking or gossiping, etc. If you do the above activities that are worthy of your time, you will become a better self.