When you were young you might have had dreams about your future and having a cookie cutter career path like a doctor or lawyer. But many other people did not know exactly what they wanted to be in the future. Whatever you decide make sure you don’t waste much time in the process. Time is of the essence and you can never get it back.
To prevent wasting your life, Here are 15 signs that you might be wasting some time in your life and you probably don’t want to admit it. This will hopefully get you on the right track.
1. You spend way too much time doing things you shouldn’t be doing.
Playing video games, watching stupid reality TV, using the internet in non-productive ways, eating too much, getting drunk all the time. And this list goes on and on. Take a serious look at your life. What do you spend most of your time doing? If you answer drinking or smoking you may be at risk of not going anywhere in life.
No offense but those habits don’t necessarily lead to success. Does it actually serve you well? Is it helping you get to a better life? Is your future really looking bright? Or are you just running away for deeper issues? Some people can answer yes because of their strong qualities knowing their limits and never letting it affect them. But that is a rare case.
Not saying that you are wasting your life if you do these things, but it’s been scientifically proven your quality of life will drop. Which leads to not getting the most out of life even when you think you are. Without realizing you may begin to not care about important things which screams depression of some sort. Be honest with yourself for once. You might need to re-evaluate your routine activities and make changes on what exactly will help you build a better future for you and possibly your kids.
Now is the time to start to build that.
2. You might be a complainer.
Life is a b**ch, but you got to learn to play in the sand – something Lil’ Wayne would co-sign. There are many people out there overwhelmed with life and they put on the biggest front like they are not going through anything. Are you complaining about work? Your parents? Your significant other? Relatives?
If so, you are just carrying around negative energy. You will likely bring it into your relationships which you should avoid.
Negativity keeps you stuck in one spot whether you realize it or not. Change your thoughts to positive ones and appreciate your life. Don’t give what you don’t like center stage in this performance we call life.
3. You’re not learning anything.
You have to constantly grow and learn in life as a person. If you dont make these efforts you become stagnant. You will quickly be like a solid tree that doesn’t ever move until a force as strong as a Tornado or Hurricane hits your life unexpectedly. Keep your mind active and always learn. Like they say “you learn something new everyday”.
Keep your mind positive at all times so you don’t get back into a negative abyss of thoughts. Take a class, read a book, read news, get new hobbies or learn more about your current ones.
4. You constantly find yourself engaging in negative self-talk.
Self-talk can influence you in many ways. It can make your life or break it. If you constantly tell yourself you’re not smart enough to do certain things or not good enough then you might be doing yourself a serious disservice. You start giving up on things and what you tell yourself becomes your reality.
Be careful what you say to yourself and you will notice how your life matches your thoughts.
5. You aren’t inspired.
What is your passion? Jot it down. Now think about having passion. Do you want to chase your passions? Everyone enjoys something. Rediscover that thing and do a hell of alot more of it as much as possible. You can’t go wrong.
6. You don’t think out and plan for your future.
While it’s always great to live in the moment and in the now, you also need to think about your future. If you have no goals or plans, you are just riding around with no direction. You need to create your own step-by-step guide like a GPS to get you to where you wanna go. This GPS might save your life.
7. You spend too much time with people who don’t help with your personal growth.
It is very common to get stuck in situations where you hang out with people who aren’t contributing to you feeling like a great person. But you can’t keep doing that cause then you become stagnant and get pulled down. They suck and feed off your negative energy whether it be jealousy etc. Instead hang with people who are growth oriented and have big plans for their future.
8. You’re too addicted to your phone.
Let’s face it, the world is now shifting to a technology geared world. Cell phones, tablets, laptops, and iWatches all help the world connect. It is the norm to have these gadgets and interact especially with this social media age in full effect. With that said don’t make it your life. It might be fun to be nosey or post about yourself all the time but think about all the time you are wasting.
Besides that think of the relationships that are failing from it. You could be missing out on special time you can spend with your loved ones. You can also take that time to plan your future with those people.
9. You spend your money on things that don’t really matter.
Spending money on needs vs. wants are two different things. Instead of buying a pair of expensive shoes or a watch you don’t need invest in yourself. Educate yourself, plan for buying a home, an apartment, invest in stock, plan your future. You need water and food to survive, but you don’t need some material things. Pay close attention to what you spend daily and try to make adjustments.
It will all payoff in the end.
10. You don’t sleep enough.
It is proven that if you don’t sleep enough then you will die sooner. Sleep is critical to health in many ways. If you stay out late nights when you work the next morning or pull all-nighters just to think you need to get wasted or smoke then you might want to re-evaluate your habits. Your life may end up being at stake in the grand scheme of things. Plenty of people think drinking and smoking is fun and needed to have a good time.
They may put precedence on this instead of sleeping and doing more things that will benefit your body and health. Think real smart about that.
11. You’re neglecting your body.
Team no sleep is never a good thing to promote. But also food and exercise are things you should consider focusing on. Eating a balanced diet and exercising can great improve your morale and increase your productivity in life. It changes your mental attitude and well-being. So instead of downing those shots and staying out to the wee hours of the night, think about your body and the long term effects.
No one said you can’t ever drink again. Just be mature about it.
12. You never leave your comfort zone.
I know how easy it is to live in a comfort zone. In fact, when I go to a familiar restaurant, I always order the same thing. Not because I’m afraid to try something new, but because I like the food I normally order. But that’s not the kind of comfort zone I’m talking about. I’m talking about taking a risk that will improve your life.
Keep in mind, there is a difference between a “risk” and a “calculated risk.” Any risk has the possibility to be deadly, but a calculated risk is one in which you’ve weighed all options and thus come up with a good, sensible plan of action.
13. You’re living an unhappy life.
Do you wanna be happy? Are you happy? You can measure a lot about a person’s life by their level of happiness. Being content and satisfied doesn’t mean your living life to the fullest. Enjoy your life and make some changes to make yourself happier. Then your relationships and everything else will follow the positive train.
14. Your significant other is not ambitious or motivated to chase their own dreams.
It’s important to have the support from your friends, family and of course your significant other. Relationships prosper when people have goals and dreams. You gotta be able to give the person what they need but at the same time that person should make effort to return the favor. Cause in all reality if you have kids and a family, stress can be caused if you are the breadwinner and your husband or wife doesn’t contribute. It can strain the relationship when money and finance are always an issue.
We are trying to bring the divorce rate down in America people, it is entirely too way high. Hence why making sure that significant other is chasing their dreams. Usually a college education if some sort guarantees that. So make sure something is in your significant other’s mind. Not just empty space. Contribution is key.
15. You are too busy trying to please others and giving your all to people who don’t appreciate your worth. (i.e. Friends, Significant other, Family, Co-Workers, Strangers).
Never lose focus of your dignity and your goals. Don’t focus on pleasing people too much and forgetting your purpose. You have to always keep your focus. Not saying you neglect those people, just make sure you don’t lose sight of your goals. If these people don’t agree with them then the may not be looking out for your best interests.
They may just be focused on their selfish motives. Appreciate them but make sure they appreciate you in the process. These things have to be earned. The right people will always love you for you and know your faults and all. Respect is the name of the game.
After all we all don’t have this thing called “Life” figured out anyway. Let’s respect each other’s journey.
If any of these 15 things sound alot like you don’t be stressed out. Don’t worry, you can still turn it around! Get past the idea that you can’t do it and then focus on getting it done! Change your mindset and then change your lifestyle! Your life will improve drastically!