9 Activities Worth Spending Your Time On

Ignoring these is not going to do you any good…

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We have a very abusive relationship with time. Most of us take it for granted. We waste our days scrolling through our Instagram feed, keeping up with what the others we know are doing, despite being aware of the fact that time stops for nobody.

Time once gone can never come back. This moment that you are spending reading this, is the time that you cannot spend doing something else. The time you sent scrolling through Instagram is the time that you won’t get back.

In the last 7 days, I spent five hours on Instagram and three hours on Netflix. This was just on my phone but at the same time, I also spent only 1.5 hours a day on my phone. That is the beautiful thing about metrics — It keeps us honest!

An average adult who lives for 70 years, gets 25500 days on this planet to make the most out of their lives. This number becomes even smaller if you take out the first 25 years of your life from it — assuming this is the time an average person takes to start thinking about what they want from life.

Which means that we have way less time than we assume we do and we would be remiss not to spend it wisely.

Spending time wisely can mean different things for different people.

What is important to me might not be equally important to you but despite our differences, I believe there are activities that are worth doing no matter who you are or where you come from.

Taking Care Of Your Health

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Growing up, my dad put a lot of emphasis on taking care of our health. He used to say ‘Health is wealth’ and although it was annoying at that time, it is one of the few lessons that has stuck with me. In a world where the air is getting more polluted and heat and our food more artificial, it has become even more important to be deliberate about our choices.

Taking care of your health can mean a lot of things but at a very basic level — Eat healthy, exercise, drink enough water and rest well. I am not going to go and define what these are for you. That is for you to decide.

Here are some actions you can take today to move the needle for this one:

Hire a Personal Trainer

Buy a gym membership

Register for fitness competitions

Remove all junk food from your house and replace with healthier alternatives

Start tracking your food, sleep, and exercise

Investing In Yourself

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Take time to invest in yourself. Whether that means learning a new skill or changing careers or practicing a hobby. You have to continue to learn and grow to increase the odds of your success in the long run. As Scott Adams puts it

“Every Skill you learn doubles the odds of your success”

Actions you can take today:

Read personal development books

Sign up for online classes to learn a skill you have always wanted to learn

Try different things or experiences

Strengthening Your Relationships

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We are social beings. Surviving alone on this planet is impossible. Even our happiness is interconnected. We are dependent on all sorts of people throughout the time we are here, so we might as well invest time so that our interactions with these people are positive.

In today’s connected world, it is no longer about the survival of the fittest but about the survival of the best fit!

Actions you can take today:

Make a list of everyone you want to strengthen your relationship with.

Message to check how they are.

Call and set up a time to meet

Reading

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Do I really need to stress the importance of this after everything that has been already been written about? Books can teach us so many things! Every successful person out there has a book about how they achieved it. Anything you want to go after probably has a book written on it. Reading will open up possibilities for you that you didn’t even know existed.

Actions you can take today:

Create an Amazon wish list of books you want to read.

Buy 3–5 books off that list and start reading.

Follow blogs of writers you read articles from online.

Sign up for magazines based on your interests.

Taking Care Of Your Finances

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Money is important. Money gives you the freedom in life to pursue what you want to. It gives you choice. No matter how rich or poor you may be, if you don’t learn to manage your money, sooner or later, that lack of management will start determining your choices. Create a plan and stick to it.

Money might not buy happiness but it definitely takes care of your money problems, which is often the cause of other problems.

Actions you can take today:

Learn about the different investment channels through websites like Investopedia and Money Control.

Learn about tax and tax savings.

Start putting money aside every month. Start with the smallest amount.

Laughing

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There are 43 muscles on our face and laughter uses every single one of them. It lowers our blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and boosts the immune system. Moreover, isn’t life already pretty tough, so why not go easy on how we treat ourselves and laugh more often.

Actions you can take today

Watch Stand Up Comedy

Read biographies of stand up comics

Watch a comedy movie

Travelling

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Travelling helps you understand privilege. It also pushes you out of your comfort zone. The easiest way to learn about ourselves and to break perceptions that we have about other people is through traveling. Try and visit a new place or try something new in a culture that you previously knew nothing or very little about. You will experience the magic unfold.

Actions you can take today:

Make a list of places you want to visit or experiences you want to have

Start planning for the next trip. Do all your bookings

Introspecting

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Taking time to think and introspect enables us to process everything that might have happened with us in the past few days. This is something we should do weekly if not daily. Think of this as filing. You try to compartmentalize what the past week or day has been like and then make note of any lessons that are to be had from it.

Introspection helps you become aware of your emotions, mental states and allows you to question your response. It helps you develop your weapons of reason. Write a diary or keep a journal but try doing this every day. I promise it will make you a better person.

Actions you can take today:

Start journaling or writing a diary.

Seek feedback.

Ask your family about their perception of you as a person.

Gratitude

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The one activity that has been life-changing for me. Well, scientifically speaking, Research in the past have indicated that gratitude can have lasting effects as it was found to improve the immune system, lower blood pressure and assist in more efficient sleep.

Actions you can take today:

Buy a small notebook just for gratitude and then start by writing down three things you are thankful for, either in the morning or before going to bed at night.

What else would you add to the list?

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