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.