I don’t like wasting time. This is often the part where I have issues with Hubby before cause when he is into doing one thing at a time: hustling with work now then spending QT through watching a movie later, I am for productivity ALL-the-time, like each minute of it. I like multitasking and making the most of each hour.
Maybe this is because I have been a manager for years and I want to see a lot of checked items in my to-do list. Maybe because I am a freelancer too. I can earn $20-$50/hour. I was always motivated to go for more hours, for more money.
But now, my perspective is changed. LIFE IS NOT ABOUT MONEY. Work even should not be all about money-making alone but helping people. When we understand this, we rest… and find out that wasting time can be meaningful as well.
- The hours I spend lining up in the supermarket cashier (when you’re in NCCC Samal during weekends, you will understand) when there’s no signal for internet get to be special as Hubby and I talk about ideas, thoughts, reflections, learnings, etc. It edifies us both.
The hours I am offline, I see myself cleaning the house, arranging, organizing, loving in my cactus and succulents, cultivating my little organic garden. I become more productive after with a clean and organize home.
The hours I spend with my kids watching TV, playing snakes and ladders or just watch them run with the dogs in the yard (which was totally lame to me before) are the most fun and memorable to them. I get to also learn lessons from cartoons!
Wasting time doesn’t often appear as wasting. One can still choose to be productive in waiting lines. I usually manage social media followings for Filipino Virtual Assistance in waiting lines, listen to podcasts, read books, have fun conversations with friends or just have a TANGA moment… Just chill, think and imagine. All these are good for the soul. Than always being in the rush of things, keeping up with the deadline, the unrest of always wanting to be productive… the stress.
I am not saying that we will be all like Juan Tamad. I am saying that Hubby is right. We need to have the #balance of grinding and resting.
The books 80/20 rule and 4-hour work week encouraged me to manage time well. To let business work for my life and not the other way around. Being busy doesn’t mean productive. Being efficient doesn’t mean being effective. To have PURPOSE behind the passion. So work’s rewards are changing lives and making the world a better place.
One just needs to find what’s working for his/her life well and focus on that, then spend the rest CHERISHING MOMENTS.
So go ahead! It’s ok to also waste time on what matters most in life – Jesus, yourself, and the relationships around you.
- Have that undistracted chitchats with friends and family. 👯♀️
- Have that no-cellphones family dinner at least every 2 weeks. 📵
- Be offline for 24 hours once a week. 🚣♀️
- Go on road trips, explore beaches, climb hills. 🏕
- Treat yourself with a good mani/pedi, spa or massage. 💅
- Get your hair done. 💇♀️
- Cry over an OA, and senti romantic movie alone. 😭
- Volunteer and help people. 👩🚒
- Fast and seek Jesus alone one day a week. 🙏
- Listen to people’s hearts with all ears. 👂
Bonus (for MARRIED couples only): Have that wild and beautiful lovemaking with your spouse. 💏
God made us as PEOPLE. Not busy-bodies for work, business, ministry, and money. He designed us for Himself and the people around us. Gave us a magnificent creation around us to enjoy. So go for the delights of your life!
This is what LIFE is all about…