12 Things We Need To Stop Wasting Time On

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While out and about this weekend every which way I turned people had their heads down looking at their phones or chit chatting on their phones. I even saw couples shopping together or in their car and one is on the phone while the other is just…there. I think to myself what type of relationship is that when you have someone walking or sitting right beside you, but you are on your phone chatting away?  This got me to thinking about how much time we waste on things that aren’t important, and that is preventing us from spending quality time with each other.

Below is a list of 12 things we need to stop wasting time on and hopefully, they will make us think and start weeding out those things that are meaningless and start to pay attention to those things and people that are.

  1. Distractions that keep you from special moments with special people. – Pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss someone it’s the little things you miss the most, like just laughing together. Go for long walks.  Indulge in great conversations. Count the many things you have in common. Let go for a little while and just BE together.
  2. Comparing yourself to everyone else. – Social comparison is the thief of happiness. You can spend a lifetime worrying about what others have, but it won’t get you anything or anywhere.
  3. Thinking about who you were or what you had in the past. – Face it, you are not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. You are always growing. Experiences never stop. That’s a part of life.
  4. Worrying about the mistakes you’ve made. – It’s OK if you mess up; that’s how you become wiser. Give yourself a break and don’t give up. Great things take time, and you’re getting there. Let those mistakes be your motivation, not your excuses. Decide to not allow those negative experiences from your past predict your future.
  5. Selfdeception. – Your life will improve only when you take small chances. And the first and probably the most difficult chance you can take is, to be honest with yourself.
  6. Worrying about what everyone thinks and says about you. – People will talk about you whether you’re doing good or bad, so don’t take things too personally, even if it seems personal. Hardly ever do people do things because of you; they do things because of them. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react and who you choose to be around.
  7. A life path that doesn’t feel right. – Life is to be enjoyed, not endured. When you truly believe in what you’re doing, it shows, and it pays. You simply can’t base your idea of success and happiness on other people’s opinions and expectations. Success in life is for those who are excited about where they are going. It’s about walking comfortably in your own shoes, in the directions of YOUR dreams.
  8. Band-Aids and temporary fixes. – You can’t change what you refuse to confront. Yes, the truth does hurt, but you can’t find peace by avoiding things. Deal with problems directly before they deal with your happiness.
  9. Those who use or manipulate you. – What you allow is what will continue. Give as much as you can, but don’t allow yourself to be used. Listen to others, but don’t lose your own voice in the process.
  10. Trying to impress everyone. – One of the most freeing things we can learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone and everyone doesn’t have to like us, and it is perfectly ALRIGHT. No matter how you live your life someone will be disappointed. So just live your truth and be sure YOU aren’t the one who is disappointed in the end.
  11. Close-minded judgments. – There’s been a lot of this lately. We need to open our minds before we open our mouths. Don’t hate what you don’t know. The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work when it’s closed. And treat everyone with respect and kindness, even those that are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are. It is what makes life happier and more fulling in the long run.
  12. Fears that are holding you back. – Fear is a feeling, not a fact. The best way to gain strength and self-confidence is to do what you’re afraid to do. Dare to change and grow. In the end, there is only one thing that makes a dream completely impossible to achieve: Lack of action based on the fear of failure.

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