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If You Don’t Stop Doing These, You’ll Waste the Rest of Your Life

If You Don’t Stop Doing These, You’ll Waste the Rest of Your Life

The modern world is fast paced and time often seems to slip by with us barely noticing. It’s for that reason that it’s important that we don’t spend time or attention on things that are frivolous, negative or just plan stupid. Check out our comprehensive guide to things you shouldn’t be wasting your time on, and see if there’s anything on this guide that you can cut out of your life.

1. Putting Makeup on for the gym and sports

    It looks weird and it’s only going to melt off, which negates the purpose of putting it on in the first place.

    2. Hitting ‘snooze’

      Get your lazy butt out of bed. You set your alarm for a legitimate reason.

      3. Constantly refreshing Facebook

        Try living life rather than waiting for an acquaintance to update you on how their lunch is going.

        4. Doing things you hate

          Life is far too short to waste your time on doing something you hate. By that, I mean doing unnecessary things. You should probably still wash up and whatnot.

          5. Checking your phone constantly

            Did you hear your message tone? Did it ring? If you answered ‘no’ to either of those questions, put the phone down and back away slowly. No, you don’t need it when you go to the bathroom.

            6. Dwelling on problems

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              In the immortal words of Vanilla Ice, “If there was a problem. Yo, I’ll solve it.” Instead of wasting time by dwelling on a problem, work out what you can do to fix it.

              7. Worrying

                It’s similar to above. Stop worrying and start working towards a solution.

                8. Caring what others think

                  Unless you’re getting good advice from people you love, disregard it. It doesn’t matter what other people think of you, you need to stay true to yourself. Don’t waste your time, thoughts, and energy on what others think. Be proud to be yourself.

                  9. Staying online late into the night

                    It’s not only a waste of time now, but will probably result in you sleeping half the day away tomorrow, or being unproductive at work or school. There’s nothing so important that you need to stay online for it until 3 am. No, not even Tumblr.

                    10. Celebrity culture

                      Stop giving a flying spaghetti monster about the Krapdashians, or how you look compared to the entirety of Hollywood. They’re all Photoshopped. Thighs are supposed to touch.

                      11. Procrastinating

                        Just do it.

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                        12. Playing romantic games

                          You can waste years not telling someone how you feel out of fear. Grow a pair of ovaries and tell them. If they’re not digging it, at least you’ll have the chance to move on. If they feel the same the only regret you’ll have is the days, weeks, and months you could have already had together.

                          13. Feeding the Trolls

                            It’s what they want. Stop before you go into a rage blackout.

                            14. Photographing everything

                              Instead of trying to document your life, live it. The internet will actually survive without the bathroom selfie of you and a ham sandwich, or whatever it is that you’re into.

                              15. Holding Grudges

                                Life’s too short! Forgive and be positive.

                                16. Complaining

                                  Complaining really won’t get you anywhere, and the only person who it’s hurting is you. Start thinking positively. Figure out how to make your life more complaint-free.

                                  17. Eating Out of Boredom

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                                    This kind of eating is a bad idea all-around. If you’re bored, it means you’re wasting time. Find something productive to do. Put some work in towards a goal or a dream. These would be much better uses of your time than visiting the fridge for the seventh time this hour.

                                    18. Waiting for something to happen

                                      The world isn’t going to wait for you. Go after what you want.

                                      19. Constantly updating your status

                                        This is not living. No one cares that your left flip flop broke on the way to the bin.

                                        20. Indecision

                                          Indecision often stems from fear. Deep down, you’re likely to know what decision you want to make.

                                          21. Hanging around negative people

                                            The people in your life shouldn’t be a constant stream of negativity. Give them the figurative (or even literal) bird, and find some positive people to spend time with. You’ll feel a whole lot happier and enjoy life more.

                                            22. Watching TV

                                              A little TV is okay, but it shouldn’t be the center of your universe. Instead of watching other people have adventures, have some of your own.

                                              23. Watching Reality TV

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                                                If you’re watching TV, make it something halfway decent. Don’t waste your time with frivolous half-scripted crap that networks pump out so they don’t have to pay real writers. Avoid the bottom shelf stuff. There’s too many great shows out there.

                                                24. Pinning things

                                                  Stop day-dreaming of amazing things on Pinterest, and start doing them.

                                                  25. Brands

                                                    All that expensive crap you covet really isn’t that special, despite the heinous price tag. They’re likely to be exploiting just as many third-world children as the cheap labels. Get over brand name obsession and spend your time and money on something worthier.

                                                    26. Gossip

                                                      I know it can be juicy and kind of fun, but it really gets you nowhere.

                                                      27. Unrequited love

                                                        This can be one of the hardest things to let go of, but you simply must. Unrequited means that you probably know that they’re not interested. Why waste your time on that when you can be working on being happy? When you find the right person for you, you’ll lament all the wasted time spent on someone who didn’t care.

                                                        28. Popping pimples

                                                          Do you really want to end up like the crater-faced guy from Grease? I didn’t think so.

                                                          29. Being glued to your phone

                                                            Not only does this make you miss the world going on around you, it’s also just plain rude in a social situation.

                                                            30. Reading This

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                                                              Last Updated on August 20, 2018

                                                              60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                                                              60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                                                              Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

                                                                Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

                                                                1. Good Health

                                                                Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

                                                                2. Money in the Bank

                                                                Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

                                                                3. Good Friends

                                                                Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

                                                                4. Freedom of Religion

                                                                Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

                                                                5. Your Parents

                                                                Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

                                                                6. Weekends

                                                                There’s something magical about weekends.

                                                                7.Having a Partner

                                                                Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

                                                                8. Pets

                                                                Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

                                                                9. Learning from Mistakes

                                                                If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

                                                                10. Opportunity to Get an Education

                                                                The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.

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                                                                11. Having a Home

                                                                Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

                                                                12. An Ability to Read

                                                                If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

                                                                13. Breathing Fresh Air

                                                                Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

                                                                14. A Bed to Sleep

                                                                A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

                                                                15. Laughter

                                                                Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

                                                                16. Safety and Security

                                                                Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

                                                                17. Cars

                                                                Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

                                                                18. Sunshine

                                                                The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

                                                                19. Time

                                                                Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

                                                                20. Clean Water

                                                                Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

                                                                21. Cell Phones

                                                                Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

                                                                22. Love

                                                                The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

                                                                23. Books

                                                                Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.

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                                                                24. Kindness of Strangers

                                                                Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

                                                                25. Campfires

                                                                The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

                                                                26. Pain

                                                                Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

                                                                27. Art

                                                                The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

                                                                28. Holidays

                                                                Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

                                                                29. Freedom of Speech

                                                                Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

                                                                30. Rainbows

                                                                The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

                                                                31. Tears

                                                                Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

                                                                32. Waking up Today

                                                                Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

                                                                33. Indoor Plumbing

                                                                Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

                                                                34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

                                                                Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

                                                                35. Mountains

                                                                Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

                                                                36. Eyesight

                                                                Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.

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                                                                37. Grocery Stores

                                                                Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

                                                                38. Sunsets

                                                                Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

                                                                39. Entertainment

                                                                Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

                                                                40. Your Mind

                                                                Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

                                                                41. Employment

                                                                Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

                                                                42. Diversity

                                                                The world would be a boring place without diversity.

                                                                43. Moon and Stars

                                                                The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

                                                                44. Electricity

                                                                Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

                                                                45. Air Conditioning

                                                                Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

                                                                46. Hearing

                                                                Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

                                                                47. Children

                                                                Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

                                                                48. Ability to Learn

                                                                The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

                                                                49. People Willing to Teach

                                                                Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.

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                                                                50. Oceans

                                                                The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

                                                                51. Modern Medicine

                                                                Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

                                                                52. Music

                                                                Music brings out new emotions.

                                                                53. Entrepreneurs

                                                                Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

                                                                54. Warm Clothing

                                                                On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

                                                                55. Freedom to Vote

                                                                Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

                                                                56. An Internet Connection

                                                                It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

                                                                57. Challenges

                                                                Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

                                                                58. Hiking Trails

                                                                Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

                                                                59. Vaccines

                                                                Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

                                                                60. Armed Forces

                                                                Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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