Someone recently said to me “I don’t like it when people waste my time.” It got me thinking. Can we really waste time if we learn from what we are doing? What is a waste of time anyway?
When you learn, you gain time
I am learning that as you learn, you gain time. Obviously, you can’t gain actually time, but you can gain experience that helps you learn faster. This allows you to live a better life.
In the past, I used to “waste time” with being around the wrong people. Over time I learned what works and doesn’t work for me, so now I don’t waste time with people who don’t suit my life. The way I look at it, is I learned something valuable and that is worth my time. Now, I have more time to be with people who are amazing.
People can’t waste our time.
People are who they are so it is our choice on what we do about them. If someone is “wasting” your time, then it falls on you to make the time productive in some way. We are in control of our time and our life, no one else is. There are many ways to do this.
We can walk away from people that are wasting our time. If we walk away this gives us our time back. Walking away is one of the best ways to take control of our time, space, and life.
If we don’t like something say “No, that doesn’t suit me and my goals.” This gives you the power and the strength to keep the boundaries you put up, limiting the time-wasting.
Keep your boundaries
Boundaries are so important. I wrote an article about this a few weeks ago. Boundaries are an amazing way to keep people from wasting our time. They give us the power and control to live the life we want. Check out the article to learn more.
Find something to learn about the situation. This will allow you to feel that it was worth something even if it a small win. There is always something to learn about ourselves in every situation and experience.
Do you “waste time”?
Do you waste time with people because you don’t do some of the things listed above? If you do, start now by making decisions that give you your time and energy back. Even a little change goes a long way.
There are ways we can waste our own time such as sleeping all day or watching movies when we should be doing something else. Those are a little different to handle as that is something we do for ourselves. We can use those times to relax and reconnect with ourselves or we can overuse them as a way to avoid life. I know I do that sometimes.
Let me know what you will do to gain your time back. Who will you put up boundaries with? What activity will you limit so you can have more time for growth? Leave a comment and let me know.
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