Secret of Adulthood: One of the Worst Ways to Use Your Time Is to Do Well Something You Didn’t Need to Do at All.

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Further Secrets of Adulthood:

As I work on my habits, I’m careful not to use a habit to make it easier to do something that I shouldn’t bother to do it at all.

I remember when I was helping my sister clear her clutter, and she had this elaborate plan to create a bunch of files, and to file a big stack of papers she’d accumulated, and to keep it up in the future — but then she realized that she could just throw all the papers away.

Have you ever faced this problem?




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