Benjamin Ehinger in Productivity, Digital Marketing & Sales, Sales Apr 23, 2020 · 2 min read · 1.5K

What is a Waste of Time & Are You Wasting Time on These Things?

What is a Waste of Time & Are You Wasting Time on These Things?

Today, as my wife and I were getting ready to head to Walt Disney World, I was reminded of how much some things are a waste of time. As humans, we are often caught wasting time when we don't even realize it.

What sparked this post today?

Believe it or not, the opening of a new Aldi Grocery Store. Yes, I am writing this post due to a grocery store grand opening.

As we were leaving to head to the park before 9am, we passed this brand new Aldi store. It was so busy; people were parking their cars in the grass on the street near the store.

My initial reaction was simply, why?

What could a grocery store be giving away or selling for a discount to cause such a crowd? These people couldn't be lining up just because Aldi opened a new location 25 minutes down the road from two other locations?

What a Waste of Time, I Thought

As we drove past and I saw the line of shoppers curling around the cart bay, I thought to myself, "what a waste of time."

My mind went to the $0.59 eggs I bought at another location a few days earlier. I wondered if they were giving away eggs and that's what caused this massive crowd. Would people really line up for a free dozen eggs? Yes, I've seen it before and it's ridiculous.

I couldn't let it go, and I had to know why. Yes, the curiosity was getting to me.

When we arrived at the park, I looked it up. It turns out; the big draw was over $100. Not a guaranteed $100, mind you, but a chance to win $100.

Aldi opened that morning at 8:25am (we drove past around 9am) with plans to give the first 100 customers a chance to win a golden ticket worth $100.

Would you show up early to be one of the first 100 people for a chance to win $100?

Wasting Time as Only Humans Know How To

This post is one of a series of blog posts I have planned on wasting time. In fact, this post is going to serve as my introductory post, and as I create new posts for this series on wasting time, I will link them in one of the sections below.

What's a Waste of Time in Your Life?

Humans waste more time than any other species on the planet, except for maybe sloths (those guys just spend all day hanging around). We waste time for many reasons, which I will get into in another post, but let me just list a few of the ways we waste time below:

  • Playing the Lottery/Gambling
  • Camping out for a Store Opening
  • Discounts on Black Friday
  • Other so-called big discounts we line up for
  • On Social Media
  • Watching Too Much TV
  • Lining Up for the Opening of Just about Anything
  • In Traffic
  • Commuting to Work
  • Playing Games on Phones
  • Paying Attention to the News
  • Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of YouTube
  • Binge Watching Anything
  • Waiting in Lines
  • Waiting for Things to Happen
  • Reading Emails
  • Answering the Phone
  • Following (idolizing) Celebrities/Athletes
  • Going to College for a Bad Degree
  • And More! (I will add more as they come to me)

You may look at some of these things and think, I do that, why is it a waste of time. I plan to cover each of these ways we are wasting time in a separate post, but I will give you the basic way most things we think are not a waste of time are actually a huge waste of time.

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