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The psychological importance of wasting time

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There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted.

“Wasted” time is highly fulfilling and necessary.

Two years later, he abandoned the project and instead posted a blog post on how he’d spent so long focusing on how to spend time well, he’d ended up missing valuable moments with his daughter.

We put off sleeping in, or going for a long walk, or reading by the window-and, even if we do manage time away from the grind, it comes with a looming awareness of the things we should be doing, and so the experience is weighed down by guilt.

Plus, says Guttridge, we’re missing out on the mental and physical benefits of time spent focused on ourselves. The truth is, work expands to fill the time it’s given and, for most of us, we could spend considerably fewer hours at the office and still get the same amount done.

At the end of the day, all of us have the urge to while away time flicking through a magazine, walking around the block, or simply doing nothing.

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Article originally posted at qz.com

Post Author: Carla Parsons

6 thoughts on “The psychological importance of wasting time

    Kalle Blomqvist

    (October 29, 2017 - 8:00 am)

    Yes! One year ago one of my two companies went bankrupt, I lost a lot of money, my sister got cancer, I got a slight heart desease and I kept on having a several year deep depression because of very evil people. Since then I stopped working and just spend every day relaxing, walking, cycling, and planning for the future (starting up a new company soon). Money? The state pays my rent and food, because it was evil people at the state who messed whith my company and my mind. They didn’t confess, but my doctor made them pay 🙂

    Alanlindsay Vanbemmel

    (October 29, 2017 - 8:00 am)

    Time for a break …for a coffee , or a beer??

    Melissa Stuckey

    (October 29, 2017 - 8:00 am)

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