A Little Happier: One of the Worst Ways to Waste Time Is to ____.

One of my favorite things to do is to help my sister Elizabeth clear clutter. (If you want to listen to my all-time favorite episode, Very Special Episode 10, recorded from inside Elizabeth’s clutter-filled closet, listen here.)

Our efforts included a good example of an important Secret of Adulthood: One of the worst ways to waste time is to do well something that we need not do at all.

I wonder: Is this a special problem for Upholders? It’s probably not much of a problem for Questioners.

Have you ever caught yourself pouring a lot of time and energy into something that, really, you didn’t need to bother to do at all?

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  • Lisawriter

    Luckily, I don’t suffer from that. But I do spend too much time on e-mail. On the other hand, I don’t waste time watching junk on TV like the reality shows. It’s all about balance, right?

  • Rebecca

    I am debating with myself regarding improving a classes that I teach. I already get good reviews. I won’t get paid any differently if I put in more effort. But I know I can do better if I put in more hours. But is it worth cost?

    • Gillian

      Whether it is worth the cost would depend on what the cost is – what would you have to give up to find the extra time? However, in general terms, your students would benefit as would your professional pride in a job well done. The satisfaction of doing something as well as you possibly can is hard to beat.