Living in today’s economy where people are losing jobs and struggling to support their families, the question of how we are spending are time becomes more prevalent.
We have all heard the expression “time is money.” If that is true, then it is important now more than ever that neither our time nor our money is wasted.
In evaluating my own life and where my time is spent it was easy to see a pattern of where time was regularly being wasted.
Now, I will preface the rest by stating that what may be seen as a time waster to some may not be a time waster to others. For the purpose of this article, a time waster will be defined as time spent on things that add no value to our lives or the lives of those that we care about. This is not to be confused with hobbies, which are often used to reduce stress, develop a talent, or even bring families together.
There are four things that have been tremendous time wasters over the past few years of my life. Perhaps you can relate to them:
1) Gossip websites – I will not name the websites I have frequented but I will tell you this…. time will pass you by when you are spending time keeping up with what is going on in the lives of celebrities as opposed to building upon your own life story.
2) Mindless games – I have been quite guilty of “checking out” mentally while I delve into the games I have found on social networking sites or other games that have no goal or educational value. Rather they are just there for the purpose of passing, or wasting, time.
3) Channel surfing – I have lost many nights of rest due to channel surfing.The television is often referred to as the boob tube. This is not to say that watching a television program is a negative thing. It is, however, to say that vegging out in front of the television on a regular basis, is a tremendous time waster, and takes away from time that could have been better spent with family or friends, or on an activity that will help develop you as a person.
4) People – Oh yes, certain people that are in my life seem to only be there to take away the time I can never get back. Examples include those people who only want to breathe negativity in your life by way of their conversation. Or, this also refers to people who may want to involve you in unhealthy activity.
How am I overcoming these time wasters? By moving on to things that maximize my time. Besides the hours I invest at work and church, as well as the quality time spent with my family, I have also learned to invest time in other things that are beneficial to me as a person. Most people have dreams of singing, writing, dancing, acting, inventing or designing, and so forth. Why not invest time in these things rather than wasting time?
I challenge everyone who reads these words to make a list of what they are doing for each hour of the day and to step back and reflect on where time is being wasted. I further challenge you to redirect this time to something that brings value to your life and/or to the lives of others.
Becoming a published author has always been a dream of mine. At the end of this article I can say that I published something. It may or may not be a best seller, but through this writing I have discovered something that adds value to my life. Now, if publishing my own previous time wasters brings value to the life of someone else, then yet another goal has been accomplished.