Wasting Time on Purpose

February 18, 2014 / BEST DAY EVER

Wasting Time on Purpose

February 18, 2014

Scott Schimmel Chief Guide, YouSchool

Scott Schimmel is the President and Chief Guide of YouSchool. He’s insanely focused on helping young people reach their potential.

 

What do you do with your free time? When there’s no one watching you, when there’s no one expecting you to be somewhere. When you’re not faced with the external pressure of to-do lists, obligatory meetings, dinners and house chores.

I don’t know about you, but I’m growing a bit tired of seeing articles about increasing your productivity. From what I’ve been reading, if I want to be successful, I must maximize my commute time, my shower time, my lunch breaks, and every conversation I have. Honestly, these productivity-driven articles leave me feeling anxious, lazy, and behind schedule.

Sometimes I just want to take a shower. This morning I read Golf Magazine for twenty minutes before I sat down at my desk to work. Last night I decided to watch Hangover 2 instead of responding to emails. I was so unproductive.

And it felt great.

Being intentional and productive with your time is essential to live a life of purpose and impact. But so is being unintentional and unproductive.

Here are a few of the benefits of wasting time on purpose:

1. Feeling rejuvenated
2. Disengaging from work
3. Enjoying and pursuing things that you really like doing—things that you can’t figure out how to fit into your “day job”
4. Connecting with people that you enjoy being around outside of the
daily grind
5. Refreshing your priorities and values
6. Feeling happy
7. Becoming inspired

So take the time to waste time. You’re going to be better off if you do. Today’s fast-paced, technologically driven society instills a great NEED for individuals to waste time, and often. It’s a part of what makes us human. But when you find yourself being unproductive and it doesn’t feel good, or doesn’t accomplish what you were hoping it would, ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Are you just trying to escape from reality? Are you simply exhausted? Are you feeling lonely and sad?

Of course we can all become more purposeful regarding how we spend our time. What could this year look like if you were to spend less time doing things that you’re “supposed” to do; less time doing things that are worthy of Instagram shots; less time being so productive; maybe even less time doing things that are unhelpful and unhealthy for you; and spend MORE time wasting time—on purpose?

Scott Schimmel Chief Guide, YouSchool

Scott Schimmel is the President and Chief Guide of YouSchool. He’s insanely focused on helping young people reach their potential.

 

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