Success isn’t something that falls into your lap. Proficiency doesn’t just happen. Happiness isn’t a flower that sprouts without tending to. Every hour you spend doing something that doesn’t make you happy, enrich your life, or help you grow is an hour that’s wasted. It’s a hard truth to swallow.
There are definitely extremes of this mindset. Either map out your day to the minute and make sure as much time as possible is spent focused on happiness and growth, or don’t think about it at all live comfortably. I don’t think you should be on either side of that spectrum. Land in the middle. Don’t obsess with growth and happiness to the point where you’re neither happy nor growing. But also, don’t be non-observant. A little introspection when it comes to your happiness and fulfillment goes a long way.
Take an hour, maybe two. Look at your week. What do you spend most of your time doing? What do you gain out of that? If it’s not what you want, look at how you can start phasing that out of your life and phasing in something better.
It’s a concept I’m slowly realizing is incredibly valuable. If you spend 20 hours a week doing something that you don’t enjoy and don’t grow from, you could be doing something much more valuable with those 20 hours.
We have one life to live. Finding ways to pass the time is fine. But gain something out of that. Don’t just do things because they’re mind-numbingly easy. Do things because you want to do them. Because they excite you. Because you’re an incredible person with so much potential.