Why You Must Eliminate Waste

Certain activities, people, and memories add no value to your life. They occupy your time, environment, and mind, but make no more than a meager—if any—contribution to your life. To maximize your time and make a great contribution, you must be merciless in eliminating these from your life. Why? Because they’re robbing you.

Not all activities are worthy of your time and energy. Not all conversations merit your attention. Not all purchases are worth your money. Not all projects deserve your skills and talents. Not all ventures should get a portion of your resources.

Investing your energy, time, money, and resources on things that don’t produce positive results in your life is a waste. People who get poor results mindlessly squander their resources.

The 80-20 rule stipulates that 20% of your activities are responsible for 80% of your results. It implies that 80% of what you do is a waste a time and energy. Whether these percentages accurately reflect your specific situation, I don’t know. The important point I want to make here is: a great portion of your resources are most likely going to waste. Therefore, it’s critical that you evaluate how you use your resources so that you can eliminate any waste.

What do you do with your time? Do you spend a lot of time watching TV? Or surfing the Internet?

What do you do with your money? Are you wasting it on junk food and trinkets?

Who gets most of your attention? Those who enjoy gossiping about stars and discussing trivialities?

Where is your energy invested?

Review your past week or month to help you get a clearer picture of how you’re managing your resources: review your calendar (if you use one) to identify the activities your time was used for; examine your bank and credit card statements to identify where and how your money was spent; reflect on the interactions you had with people to determine who got your attention, etc.

As you conduct your review, you’ll gain a greater awareness of the things that rob you of your time, deplete your energy, upset you, and drain your life.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.