How to waste time for fun and profit

What does the word ‘waste‘ mean? Well we’re going to take the verb definition; it is an action word after all. Waste means to use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose. What is time? We’re going to use the noun definition but time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. To put it a little more clearly, time is an arbitrary measurement of the passing of events. Put waste and time together and what do you get? Expending time carelessly or to no purpose. In other words doing stuff for no reason at all for a period of time.

Okay, we’re going to take that last part of the article title off. You don’t get any profit from wasting time. You can’t get your time back, and it won’t produce something useful. At ‘Monday’ this is our favorite past time. Who cares if you have bills to pay, or a loved one to pay attention to, all that matters if that you’re having fun doing nothing. Who cares if you have a presentation to make, let your boss worry about that. He’ll probably fire you, but who cares? You’re having fun. Who cares, it’s only your wedding. It’s only the funeral of the most beloved person in the state. We don’t care, we want to do nothing.

So now that we know what wasting time is, what are some ways we can waste time? Before we get to the most obvious way, I will mention the next most obvious way, which is the internet. I’m not going to get into how you can waste time on the internet because I plan on doing it in a future article entitled “Awesome internet time sinks” but rest assured, go to Google and you can start wasting time right this very minute (well at least wait until you read the whole article before tabbing into Google).

The first most obvious way that we’re getting to as the second on the list is of course the television. Here is something that hardly ever produces anything useful. Sure you have your painting shows and your cooking shows, but let’s face it do you ever paint or cook while watching one of these? Didn’t think so. Oh of course you’re going to say the news. Well you can at least trick yourself into thinking you’re being productive by being “up” on the news. Truth is the news is there for people who don’t want to get involved but would rather comment on society or whatever. Or maybe you just want to know what the weather will be like.

Another great way to waste time is coloring. You’re not learning any new significant art skills when coloring, and most likely you’re an adult reading this. As a child you would color and it might help you in some way, staying in the lines, keeping your brain fresh or whatever. As an adult you had to put away childish things. Well now I’m giving you permission to start playing with childish things again. Coloring is great. Along the lines of that is playing with toys. Go buy some transformers or GI Joe’s. Go ahead it’s okay, I won’t tell anyone you still play with dolls, er, I mean *action* figures.

Reading could be wasting time, if it’s fiction and you’re just reading for enjoyment. Don’t fall in the trap of thinking you’re wasting time by reading technical books or something that teaches you stuff, or biographies. To be sure, with those you are learning stuff. You want to choose books that don’t make you learn, and maybe don’t have any larger vocabulary than a fifth-grader. I’m not exactly advocating you read children’s books however if you follow the above children’s books might be fine. Just remember the point is not to be productive. I believe you can enjoy time wastes though.

I want to address one more that’s actually kind of iffy. That is video games. Sure they can be fun and sure they can’t really do much for your brain, especially if they contain mindless violence, however, they will assist your reflexes. Improve hand-eye coordination. With some motion controllers you can even exercise while playing games. They can also help you learn things. For the most part though video games are for entertainment purposes. So playing a game can be a time waste. Actually you might want to play a game that you don’t like because that could be considered more of a waste of time then something you enjoy.

Well I hope this has given you some ideas on how to waste your time, so until ‘Monday’ keep procrastinating!

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