Why most people waste time in life and how you can avoid it

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Most people get caught up in the daily hassle of life and forget about their purpose. We drift along with life, wasting our time on jobs we don’t like and people we do not enjoy being around. Why do we do this to ourselves, why do we devote time to living a life that we are not satisfied by? 

Well, simply because we do not begin with the end in mind and organize ourselves around priorities. Once upon a time, there was a young man called Will. Will was a hard-working student that always wanted to be number one. He won nearly every competition he attended and jumped on every opportunity. Will was driven by the desire to impress his parents and show them he could be rich and successful. 

After college, he landed a great job and started climbing the ranks. Will ended up working for the most successful investment banks and creating massive amounts of wealth for him and his family. However, there was one issue. He was not satisfied with his life. Not because he felt like he could do better but because he did not have a purpose. Wills biggest priority had always been to impress his parents and be number-one. But by trying to do so, he suppressed his true identity. 

Finding a purpose…

Every individual has a calling in life, something they are meant to do. Some people are naturally artistic while others are more entrepreneurial. These qualities are entrenched in our nature and are the things we thrive at. Will was no exception. He truly enjoyed art and felt passionate about it. 

However, he chose to suppress it and pursue meaningless victories. At age 60, he started painting and made that the meaning of his life. After doing so, he felt fulfilled. Can you relate to Will and how he pursued meaningless victories? Do you think you are like him, doing things that do not fulfill you on a daily basis? 

Be honest with yourself for a second and really think about your life and everything you have done. If yes, the solution is quite simple: Put first things first and start with the end in mind. The explanation is down below. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 

Lesson(s)

Begin with the end in mind 

Start with a clear understanding of your destination. Make sure all the steps you take today contribute to your vision and target destination. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the activity trap, in the busyness of life. Be careful not to be blinded by temporary and momentary victories. People often find themselves achieving victories that are empty, successes that have come at the expense of things they suddenly realize were far more valuable to them. 

Take the construction of a home, for example. Before creating the house, we think about every detail before anything is done psychically. We try to get a very clear sense of what kind of a house is needed. You work with your mind until you get a clear image of what you want to build. Then you reduce it to a blueprint. All of this is done before the earth is touched.

If not, then in the second creation, the physical creation, you will have to make expensive changes that may double the cost of your home. Therefore, you want to make sure the blueprint, the first creation, is what you really want, that you’ve thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks. Likewise, we must do the same with life. Think about what you want to achieve with life or what your calling is and then execute your plan. 

Put first things first. 

Simply, organize and execute around priorities. Ask yourself the question “Does this contribute to my vision or purpose in life” before doing anything to make sure you do not waste any time. 

Notice: The story above is fictional. 

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