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What is a waste of time?

Asked by charliecompany34 (7785points) October 4th, 2008

sitting in traffic just to go 2 miles from point A to B? a day at the DMV? hashing out solutions at work when you already have the answer? when did this question cross your mind as you waited and waited and waited?

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gailcalled's avatar

I always keep a book in my purse. (I should add, however, that I am no longer working.)

charliecompany34's avatar

@gailcalled: such wisdom.

gailcalled's avatar

I have a friend (male) who knits – at red lights, and even in line at the bank.

charliecompany34's avatar

would sitting at a recital waiting for your child to play his piece qualify? selfish isnt it? i’m not saying, i’m just saying…

squirbel's avatar

Sitting in traffic just to go 2 miles from point A to point B: ride a bike, or walk – very interesting and zero time wasted.

A day at the DMV: go on Tuesdays. Anytime you want to go to a bank, post office, or any type of public service venue, go on Tuesdays. Even in NYC you will find next to no line.

Hashing out solutions at work when you already have the answer: If you are doing group work, hum-and-ha your way through the meeting while devising new plans and approaches on paper. If you are doing solo work – start working on another project.

Sitting at a child’s recital: hmmm, no help there – just zone out to your happy place.

The basic idea behind wasted time is that it truly does not have to be wasted. A person who wastes time or feels his time is wasted is subjecting himself willfully to a situation, and then griping about the situation.

Think your way out of ennui.

hugs

charliecompany34's avatar

what i’m really trying to ask here, guys, is what situation did you find yourself saying, “this is a waste of time.” when you were at that point, you did not expect it to be. know what i’m saying?

scamp's avatar

Talking to my boss about problems with a lazy co-worker.

Snoopy's avatar

@charlie Sometimes this has happened when I am trying to get someone to understand my point of view….?

Snoopy's avatar

@scamp not poof, I presume?

JackAdams's avatar

Suing a huge corporation in small claims court, without a lawyer.

After I was soundly defeated (before I became an attorney on my own), I said to myself, “Well, this was a colossal waste of time…”

Bri_L's avatar

My mind never shuts down.
I am constantly reading billboards and rewriting them.
Thinking up new slogans.
New Jokes.
Visualizing new logos.
Trying to think of different ways to play with the kids.
Different ways to get more done around the house.
Sometimes I reminisce.
Sometimes I try to sing a certain song all the way through with out mistakes. Sometimes I think of my favorite movie quotes or TV quotes or paintings or comic strips or food.
Or I keep track of how many people are on cell phones
Or smoking and flicking the stuff out of the window
Or recite my favorite lines from movies.

charliecompany34's avatar

great tri-polar question charlie. you’ve managed to get answers on fretful time-wasting, managing lost time and managing wasting time.

Bri_L's avatar

I failed to include

“obsess over those who have wronged me” that is a huge waste of time.

charliecompany34's avatar

my bad, fellow flutherites: when is the last time you said “man, this is a waste of time.”

seVen's avatar

Not being in the Word of God [The Holy Bible] is a wasted day/time.

Snoopy's avatar

@chalie Perhaps you are now saying this to yourself regarding your own question….?
:)

squirbel's avatar

The last time I said “geesh, this is a waste of time” was shortly before I left and did something else.

I really do just leave. I don’t care where I am :P

JackAdams's avatar

What is truly a waste of time, as any man knows, is being on time to pick up your girlfriend.

If she says to pick her up at 8 PM, you show up at 8:30, because if you show up at 8 PM, she will yell, “Be out in a second!” and take another 30 minutes, putting on the fake eyelashes and mascara.

Even showing up at 8:30, you’ll still probably have to wait another 30 minutes, anyway.

jca's avatar

when i leave my house early to go somewhere, and get stuck in a bad traffic jam, i think to myself “self, you could have stayed home and done something productive or taken your time and left later, instead of sitting here in traffic.”

scamp's avatar

@Snoopy I proved it, but he kind of likes her, so I have to deal with the unfairness of it all or go elsewhere.

scamp's avatar

OOPS! I misread your post! No NOT poof!! She and I are just about the only two who really work here!!

Snoopy's avatar

Does poof have proof?
:)

scamp's avatar

Ha ha! yes she does!! I bought this for her desk!

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