A Waste of Time

“Musing on the phrase ‘waste of time.’ So much more complex than it appears. Many ‘wastes of time’—small talk, daydreaming—are imperatives.”  Tom Peters

I have to remind myself of this frequently. It is easy to be busy all the time. It is easy to feel that time well spent but not seen as “productive” is a waste of time. Work is important. It is the way we improve ourselves and our world. Work is to be valued, treasured and embraced. It is our contribution to the world and it can be one way we improve ourselves. I write often about that here.

Yet not all that we do that is important need be within the definition of “work”. To engage our friends and family in genuine discussion may not be work but can do so much good and be so very productive.

To think, reflect and even to daydream is how we fuel our creative power and make a better life for ourselves and often for others. Much of the great improvements of the world have arisen first in men’s daydreams and thought.

While I agree that having a thought or dreaming of what could be alone is not enough to bring it about – it is the spring from which our greatest work flows.

Remember what Tom Peters here tells us – it is important to cultivate good relationships and to daydream and think – really think about what we want to do and what we could do. All great achievements come from the mind.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.