Many people talk and dream about taking a Sabbatical and imagine themselves marooned on an island with nothing to do. That was probably a bit over the top, but many people just wish they had nothing to do and they’re more than happy to do nothing for extended periods of time. Now, the idea on paper sounds great, but idle time in the wrong hands can be very destructive. Below are five reasons why having idle time is not always ideal.
Top 1: Some people with idle time overthink things.
When you have a lot of time in your hands, it’s difficult to take things at face value. Why? Because you have time to think and rethink to the point of overthinking what just happened or what was said. Let the words and the situation go, my friend. If you have any concerns, instead of overthinking, get to the bottom of things by asking.
Top 2: Some people with idle time worry excessively.
Overthinking and overanalysing are worry’s best buddies. Time spent on the former will, later on, be dedicated to worrying. Idle minds, as they say, are the devil’s playground, so stop worrying about everything. Worrying is one of the most unproductive activities. Instead of worrying, do something.
Top 3: Some people with idle time gossip a lot.
Stop talking about people negatively. I understand that people in the limelight are almost egging you on to talk about them, so I get it that people can’t stop gossiping about Trump or Brad Pitt. However, if you have a beef with a friend or family member, politely talk to that person. The problem with gossiping is you invite another demon to feed more negativity into your thoughts.
Top 4: Some people with idle time compare themselves with other people.
When you gossip about other people, you end up comparing yourself to others. This harmful activity will not result in anything good because your conclusion might be that you’re better than them or they’re better than you. The point is there’s no point in doing this! Do something more constructive!
Idle time in the wrong hands can be very destructive.
Top 5: Some people with idle time enjoy it too much that they become content.
I’m not suggesting you climb the Himalayas or go snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean — just do something. Watch free TV, read, reflect, listen to music and sing along, play games, go for a walk, jog or run, eat out, dance, write a card, binge-watch TV series, travel, garden, make friends, write your thoughts, clean and tidy up, pray, cook, bake, sew, see a movie, get into calligraphy, play an instrument, paint, plan your next trip, etc. There are a hundred things you’re better off doing than doing any of the top 4.
Enjoy your idle time as not everyone has this luxury. The goal is to find at least one or two things to do every day, so at the end of each day you feel more positive about life and sleep with a smile on your face and in your heart.