Waste of Time

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
Michael Althsuler

Why do we waste time?
Time is finite on this earth of ours. I find myself wasting moments that I should cherish.
We worry about things we can’t control and take for granted ones we love.

“I understood that if I wish to understand life and its meaning, I must not live the life of a parasite, but must live a real life, and — taking the meaning given to live by real humanity and merging myself in that life — verify it”.
Leo Tolstoy

We spent time chasing material goods rather than accepting what we are and relishing in it.
When was the last time you took a deep breath and appreciated it – taste it – savor it?
When did we hug someone we love just because?
When was the last walk in the sunshine with headphones on during a busy day?
What really are we waiting for?

“I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.”
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


Wasted time
Trickles down a crystal-cold mountain stream
Then in joining –
Floats lightly – seems almost to hover
Over the lake’s blue stillness;
Restless, it flits with dragonfly wings
Courts the subtle pine scent
That whispers of a forest banquet,
Sword-heavy tree-tops
Furry squirrel play
And contemplation.
But time isn’t wasted
Thoughts cast adrift
Can be profound
Can echo – ‘cross the world
And in a moment translucent
With suspended God-breath
Whooshhhhh –
Beauty makes
A difference.
–Author Unknown

Time Management

Belinda Munoz from the website:–“Tiny Buddha – Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives” shared “40 Ways to Use Time Wisely.”

Belinda states: “Time management systems abound and still, we flounder and falter at making the most of every sunrise. We plan for the future and neglect to cherish the present. We’d rather look back wistfully even though the future is full of hope. And yet, for many of us, it seems there are not enough hours in a day. We cram all that goes with living into twenty-four hours of ticking, bargaining with Father Time, naively expecting him to budge to our willful and resolute intentions to produce more, accomplish more, and be more.”

Belinda breaks down the 40 ways to use time in categories and suggests options to improve upon in each area:

Live It Up

  • Live in the moment.
  • Practice love-in-action.
  • Resist the urge to rush.
  • Single-task.
  • Do things that bring joy and require little to no effort.
  • Say yes when you mean it.
  • Do nothing. Instead, play.
  • Steal It
  • Block out a chunk of time only for yourself.
  • Make an appearance but don’t linger.
  • Take a vacation day.
  • Wake up earlier/go to bed later. (Habitual lack of sleep not recommended. Better sleep is.)
  • Delegate a task to your child (i.e. put toys away, make his or her bed, etc.)
  • Push back a deadline.
  • Double-task (i.e. go for a hike with a friend, an activity that takes care of two—social and physical—facets of your life).

Waste of Time

Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC

Steve Greenman, MA, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in northern Michigan who has a passion for reading, writing, music and helping others. He specializes in counseling complex family situations, substance abuse, and parenting. Steve’s counseling philosophy is holistic, approaching each issue on its own merit and evaluating influences to help overcome life’s dilemmas.


APA Reference
Greenman, S. (2015). Waste of Time. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from


Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 29 Oct 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Oct 2015
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