How do you know when something is worth spending time on?

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This may be a funny question, but I am having trouble gauging what to do with my free time and how much of it should be concentrated on pure enjoyability (watching sports, casual reading) vs. moving toward monetary/career goals (CFA, GMAT prep). 

How do you tell when something is not a waste of time?

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Sep 12, 2020 - 9:15pm

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  • Prospect in Other
Sep 14, 2020 - 4:39pm

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Sep 14, 2020 - 6:12pm

Sometimes a goal can be recharging your batteries (which is actually necessary to do good quality work, be creative, etc.). It's just as important as the work as you won't be at your best without it. But those "fun" days don't just happen. They need to be planned, , and adhered to. Easier said than done. Kind of weird but you have to get good at taking time off as it's not natural for overachievers. 

 

 
Sep 14, 2020 - 7:29pm

I don't want to give shitty advice but just go with the flow and listen to your heart my man. There's nothing wrong with loading the tank with some beers and watching a game. There's also nothing wrong with putting your phone on DND and just crushing your goals/tasks/assignments. Don't be too hard on yourself and be sure to hold yourself accountable.  

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
 
Sep 14, 2020 - 8:46pm

If you're taking the June CFA exam, you have until probably mid-January to study for the GMAT. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
  • NA in Other
Sep 15, 2020 - 12:56am

Generally, all activities should take precedence over things that only give you pleasure. Utilize your youth effectively to achieve your goals and bring about the changes you want to see rather than wasting your life on your couch jerking off, reading fantasy books or watching TV.

 
Sep 16, 2020 - 6:44am
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