The Right Things

How do you know if you are spending your time wisely or not?

Is it better to spend your time working on your side hustle or playing board games with friends? Or is it better to study for your next exam (or dream job) or spend time at the gym?

All the above? There are no easy answers here.

First, we can separate entertainment and purpose-driven work. There’s nothing wrong with loving movies or tv. But if these things take priority over our lives (meaning priority over what matters to us, or priority over changing our life for the better) then we are probably not spending our time well. A movie watched with friends creates different feelings and experiences than a movie watched alone.

For example, if all I do is play video games and nothing else, what does that ultimately get me in life? Or on the flip side— if all I do is work and think about money, what does that ultimately get me in life? There’s a balance to everything. Most of us live in the middle, spending half our day working and spend the rest of our day hanging out with friends and family, taking time off, usually entertaining ourselves, and doing what’s necessary (eating, sleeping, etc.) Actually, scratch that—most of us are living ten lives at once and try to do it all. But is that really bringing us joy?

I do know that seeking out wisdom is great advice. And seeking out friends and connections with people who mutually want to see each other thrive and be happy. If we keep working on those two, then we’ll gain more insights and clarity on what decisions we should make, based on our interests, goals, and skills.

I also know that if you know what you’re calling is, but you don’t work on it every day, then you are likely wasting your time on things that don’t matter.

Ultimately, we all have 24 hours in a day and so many years to spend. And that means we decide to choose what to do with it.

Where we spend our time tells ourselves (and the world) what we deem valuable.

What makes you feel alive?
What makes you feel accomplished?
What makes you feel like you’ve had an impact?
What would you do if you never had to work another day in your life?
Who is worth sharing your time with (where sharing is mutual)?
What thoughts/emotions/actions are worth your precious time?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1399 (draft #2)

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