My favorite things in life don’t cost any money.
It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs –
I’ve developed a habit that has helped me become more mindful of my every day activities. That habit is asking myself, “Is this truly necessary?”
There are the undeniable applications— buying $5 lattes and new clothes, with the exception of the uncommon gift to oneself, are unnecessary activities. Battling people over political nonsense is unnecessary. Drinking too much wine is pointless. Watching the Walking Dead is unnecessary.
However, what happens when we dig a little deeper?
Whenever I dig deeper, I start picking apart my motivations for different activities, and the motivations for the motivations. This is where genuine change happens. Thanks to the meditation I’ve strengthened my brain enough to reflect upon itself in this way.
Are you willing to give up the things that truly makes you happy?
For instance: if spending $5000 a month paying off a great car and a modern apartment rental is unnecessary, then maybe the job paying that extra dough is unnecessary too. When I was working for other people, each day I worked had a financial value.
That financial value was however a small amount of what my time was worth to the company, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired me. Therefore, working for myself permits me to hold the full estimation of my work and to take the method for creation into my own hands. Even if I’m half as productive, I still create essentially more value for myself than I was creating in other company, since I get the opportunity to retain all of that value.
In this situation, having a job was pointless. I was not able to invest energy and doing things that are important to me. Working on new businesses with friends, seeing my boyfriend, and meditating. These activities brighten my life and have no financial value. Was I willing to give them up for job security? No, I was not.
Is it good to do nothing at all?
We convince ourselves that doing stupid or pointless things is better than doing nothing at all. Sometimes we do it for security, or out of pride, or fear. Actually, doing nothing is great whenever we can swing it.
Doing things that are immaterial and creative is even better. If we can feel content living simply so that we have time to do the “unproductive” activities that give life meaning, power to us. The individuals who are happy and live simply put the least strain on the environment, themselves, and other individuals.
Those who constantly stick to more and more are wasteful and fill their days with pointless activities.
No matter the lifestyle you choose to live, you may be doing so inefficiently. What is the cost of this inefficiency? Depleted quality of life.
The more time you’re wasting on doing the unnecessary, the less time you have to reflect and contribute important value to the world. It’s crucial to step back and be genuinely honest with ourselves about how we spend our time.