“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” — Auguste Rodin
There’s nothing wrong with watching TV, playing video games, or goofing off. At least if you do it purposefully.
See, often we think that we should be busy doing something all the time. That’s just draining. If you can find a leisure activity that enables you do to something that’s productive then it doesn’t matter what it is.
If you spend hours watching interesting documentaries, TV-shows that expand your knowledge about the world, expose you to new ideas and experiences then I feel that is time well spent.
However, when you spend countless hours channel surfing and switching off your brain, then it’s not going to bring you much value.
For example, I enjoy video games. Some people might say that’s a waste of time. I find that it relaxes me and gives me something enjoyable to do.
Some years ago I realized that I could play the games with the sound muted and either listen to new music. Which, for a music producer, was a great way of catching up with what was happening both on the charts and underground scenes.
Once I’d decided that music production wasn’t for me I exchanged the music for audiobooks. That enbabled me to delve into psychology, philosophy, business, science, personal development, and so much else.
It’s a habit I continue to this day. This enables me to go through at least 12 books more per year than I would’ve otherwise.
You just need to find things that fit into your schedule and what stimulates you the most.
TV, radio, YouTube, podcasts, blogs, movies, books, etc are just tools. Every medium can be used to enrich your mind. It’s up to you whether you choose to use them purposefully or as a mere distraction.
Get curious about yourself. What would you like to learn more about? What stimulates your mind? What experiences would you like to have?
What would be a productive waste of time?
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