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How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Doing Something Useful

Updated on August 18, 2017
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Stevie G. is a Life Coach, Educator and Researcher. He is the founder of Infinite Visionary Training Center in Minnesota.

Making ourselves useful is the most profitable thing we can do to stay progressive. When we take care of our responsibilities and meet the demands that assure that our lives are positively moving forward, then we add value not only to our existence but also to the lives of others.

Being useful means that we are making a difference in our lives and in the lives of others who need our help.

However, when we fall victim to distractive things, we waste precious time. The distractive things in our lives are too many to list. But a few of them include TV, social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, wasteful smartphone activity, or excessive spending on ourselves.

In addition, our emotional distractions include procrastination and daydreaming about some pleasurable activity that may not even be realistic.

When we spend 70% of our time submitting to our distractions, the quality of our progress suffers. We fall behind in life. Each day takes us further away from our goals and dreams if we have any.

Structuring Our Lives

The best choice we can make to avoid wasting time is to add structure to our lives. We can start by setting a schedule and committing fully to it. The key to any kind of progress is the commitment to keep going even when the outcome appears dismal. Many people waste time because they are uncertain of the results. However, greatness is unstoppable.

Make Every Hour Count

Aim to make every hour count in terms of doing something useful. Don’t get caught up in gossip or complaining about what you may not have or how someone may not appreciate you. Don’t be a person who is looking to get something. Be a person who is trying to find a way to help improve the quality of someone else’s life.

In the process of helping others, the universe has a way of fulfilling our needs and desires. That is the reason that it is better to give than to receive.

When we adapt a giving mentality, every hour will be an opportunity to do something useful.

Enjoy the journey of making yourself useful. Understand that you are building a reputation for making a difference in your life as well as the lives of others. Sometimes you may want to fall back into the temptation daydreaming or procrastination, but don’t do it. Life is too shot.

Avoid isolation at all Cost

We waste precious time when we remain isolated. Our usefulness to others become non-existent. To be effective in making people feel wanted and appreciated, we cannot reside in hiding. The crowd is waiting for a person like you to give a hand of assistance.

Sometimes setbacks and bad breaks make us shrink into a corner in which we struggle to pull ourselves out of but we must. The more time we spend feeling sorry for ourselves the more time we waste and the more time we waste, the more our lives pass us by.

Assess Your Situation

To make sure we are not wasting time, we must assess our situations from time to time. In this way, we can measure our success to see if we are indeed making the choices designed to take us forward into greatness.

Many times, we get so caught up in what we are going, that we don’t know if we are making any progress. However, we must make sure that an initiative or practice is making a difference in some way or another.

Embrace Flexibility

In our pursuit of making ourselves useful, we must adapt a flexible mentality. There will be times when we need a break away from our schedule and attend some other important matter. Don’t refuse to bend. Situation and conditions will arise that need our immediate attention. If we ignore them in our attempt to stick to our schedules we will regret it for the rest of our lives.

Situations involving personal crises, such as the illness of loved ones or friends, we must readjust our schedule and attend to the circumstance at hand.

Wasting time is an epidemic that affects millions of people. Instead of doing what we need to do, even though it may be hard, we procrastinate, daydream or do other pleasurable things to avoid the responsibility of performing useful things.

However, we must not live our lives for our own pleasure, if we do, we cannot make a difference in the lives of others. The power of making ourselves useful to others is what creates greatness in life.

So, we should always ask ourselves: Am I making myself Useful to my home, school, workplace or community?

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