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15 Useful Activities That Are Worth Your Time
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”
Our time on this planet is limited. Most of us realize that sooner or later. And yet, we keep on squandering our time and running around in circles.
Why is it that we waste so much of our time? Most people think that we, humans, don’t understand the value of time.
I don’t think that’s the problem. You and I both know the value of time. It’s a depletable resource. By that definition, the value of time is high.
So if the problem is not our appreciation of time, what’s the cause of a waste of time and potential?
The answer is obvious: We simply don’t know what to do with our time. The stoic philosopher Seneca famously said in On The Shortness Of Life:
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”
Most of us read that and get a temporary boost: “Wow, I need to value my time and stop wasting it.”
You know what we do next?
We open Instagram and waste 42 minutes on consuming shit. We go out for coffee for the 7th time this week. We play video games for 2 hours straight. We gossip on the phone for 55 minutes.
Ask yourself: Are the things that I’m doing worth my time? I’ve done that. And most of the things I did simply were not. But distinguishing wasteful activities from worthwhile activities is hard.
As an exercise, I recommend everyone to sit down and think about what activities are worth your time. This is a personal exercise. Everybody values different things. To give you an idea of how I spend my time, I’ve made a list of 15 activities that I consider worthwhile.
- Working out — I especially like strength training because being strong is one of the most useful things in life. Sitting behind your desk for hours, going shopping, traveling — your life will be a lot easier when you’re physically strong.
- Spending time with people you love — It doesn’t really matter what you do. It’s more about being around people you genuinely care about. That will lift your spirits and give you energy.
- Learning how your body works — Everybody should know how their body functions. I also like to read about the latest scientific research about health and fitness.
- Journaling — It’s always nice to sit down at the end of a day and reflect. What did I do today? What did I learn? What am I going to do tomorrow? Answering those questions is the best time you’ll spend every day.
- Learning a skill — Always be learning a new skill. I started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a while back. I go to class every week and I constantly learn from YouTube videos. I always want to learn a new skill because it reminds me that I’m always a student.
- Making a financial strategy — I like to read and hear about investing strategies of different people. Even though I consider myself a value investor, I still look at what day traders do. I’m interested in finance because I don’t want to waste my hard-earned money.
- Watching good movies/tv shows — I sometimes make fun of people who binge watch tv shows. I think that’s a waste of your day. But I love movies and good shows. They can give you inspiration too.
- Listening to music — I listen to music a lot. It gives me inspiration and energy. The best thing is to listen music that fits your mood.
- Reading — I start and close my day with reading. And I never miss a day.
- Talking about life — It’s nice to have a good conversation with someone who has the same mindset as you. I’ve grown to hate shallow conversations. So I don’t waste my time anymore on people who I don’t have a deep connection with.
- Going to the sauna — I do this twice a week. It’s apparently good for you. But that’s not why I go. I love the heat and quiet. The time I spend in the sauna is like meditation to me.
- Discovering new books — I can spend hours browsing books that I want to read. But I try to not overdo it. Otherwise, you’re reading more ABOUT books than reading actual books.
- Watching sports — I used to play basketball and I still enjoy watching it. But I only follow the NBA, not all professional sports.
- Laughing — I love some good banter. Life is hard and if you don’t laugh about yourself, you only make it harder.
- Working on your goals — Every minute you spend on advancing your life is time you don’t regret spending.
At the end of a day, you must look back and think to yourself, “If this was my last day, I’m okay with that.”
Can you honestly say that? Look, it’s not about living every day like it’s your last. If everybody did that, we would have total anarchy.
Instead, make sure you spend your time well. Are you proud of how you’re spending your days? Answer yes, and you’ll never live with regrets.
It is fantastic to see this just released language around MAT begin adopted by American Society of Addiction Medication and a newly adopted definition of addiction. Love progress!
Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll released the following statement after the Trump Administration unveiled FindTreatment.gov, a substance abuse treatment locator. The tool, which can be accessed at FindTreatment.gov, allows Americans to find substance use treatment for themselves or others.
“When someone opens up about their struggles with addiction, it’s critical they and their loved ones have the right resources to quickly find help, and that’s exactly what this treatment locator aims to provide. Every situation is unique, and the Trump Administration continues to support people who seek substance use treatment on their journey to recovery,” ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said.
Treatment facilities can be sorted by the type of treatment they offer, including treatment for co-occurring mental illness and substance use and telemedicine care that can be accessed virtually. The new locator also allows searches of programs based on payment option, age, languages spoken, and access to medication-assisted treatment for an opioid use disorder.
More than 13,000 state-licensed facilities are included in the treatment locator.
Hello my friends,
I was forwarded this interesting article on Peer Specialists, in Mental Health, but I think it is important information for consideration for us working in the SUD arena as well. You Decide. Ginger
Just landed on this Recovery Bill of Rights. Thought it may be interesting for you. Check it out here: http://nhrecoverycoachacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RecoveryBillofRights.pdf
Here’s the latest newsletter announcing the International OAD events around the state, and upcoming Recovery Month toolkit from SAMHSA. https://mailchi.mp/23b67ca6e74f/upcoming-trainings-764795?e=[UNIQID]
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Hello Recovery Warriors,
I’ve been out and about over the past month and hearing about what’s happening in real time in the recovery community. I’ve heard so many amazing stories and I congratulate you for your hard work and dedication. I’ve also heard some not so positive stories about confidentiality breaches from one recovery coach, or CRSW to another, work place gossip and toxic environments. I’d like to pose a question to the community…Did you read your code of Ethics?
The CRSW Code of Ethics is included in this FILE – ALC 400 & 500 Rules. These are the state licensing requirements for the CRSW license. To review the Code of Ethics, skip over to page 18 on this file. Every CRSW in this State signed and agree to adhere to them. Maybe you’re not yet a CRSW and an active Recovery Coach; you are not excluded from adhering to your Organization’s code of ethics.
I trained many of you out there, and we sat together and proclaimed we wanted to help others not go through what we went through. Maybe, what wasn’t expected was some accountability with the role of a recovery coach. That’s understandable, however, not the case. We’ve joined the Human Service field, a helping field and one that improves the lives of many every day. Your passion and dedication is essential to help make the world a better place. To effectively do this, we must adhere to our Code of Ethics and organization accountability in order to effectively “do No Harm” which translates to “I want to help.”
If you know or see someone breaching organization and state licensing requirements there is an appropriate manner in which to navigate that. You can call the state licensing board at 603.271.6761, contact me, ask your supervisor or other manager, etc.
Remember the 3 legged stool from your Recovery Coach Academy includes “Manage Your Stuff.”
Are you managing your stuff, or are you allowing your stuff to spread like cancer to others?
Keep up the passionate work.
Lives are at stake.
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