How to Make Wasted Time Work for You | Felix Dragoi

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Today I just woke up as on any other day.

Maybe a little too late at 7:40 AM, but enough sleep is always a good idea.

After my morning routine, while ingesting some protein and fat, I opened YouTube – which is already a habit at this point.

If you ever access the homepage of YouTube, just like me, you know how sometimes we’re at the mercy of what YouTube offers us.

Fortunately, YouTube knows what we like, so it gives us relevant content.

As always, my “Recommended” section is full videos that relate to business, fitness, Tony Robbins, Gary V, Joe Rogan and some other things that excite me.

Most of them were a couple of months old.

Not that appealing.

But then, an interesting image catches my eye.

Great colors.

Interesting title.

Quality YouTube channel.

And most importantly, it was under 3 minutes.

If you are like me, then you usually click on such a video.

Turning ideas into information

Chris Do is an awesome guy at what he does.

If you are asking yourself, Chris who?

He is the founder of the brand that put the video out.

Sure, TheFutur is a brand, but as some people enjoyed having Apple products because of Steve Jobs, Chris is what makes this brand interesting.

Now, as you might’ve guessed from the title of that video, this video was about “How to Apply What You Learn”.

Ever felt as if you watched a video, read a book or even a post such as this one, and then it seemed like a total waste of time because you didn’t actually do anything with it?

Don’t worry, it’s probably the norm in our information-overload era.

As I’m writing this, I’m trying to stop myself from writing more than I should, because it’s so easy to over-complicate a simple concept.

Since I want to make both your time and my time worth the attention given to this post, I wanted to share with you my biggest takeaway from the video I just watched this morning.

Right after watching it, some dots started to connect in my mind.

I didn’t necessarily do anything right away, but since I didn’t have one of those “to do” lists that make us stressed for the day, just a few minutes later, I realized something.

If I did anything new on this day, putting into practice those 3 minutes were enough.

Not only that, but this was basically the concept of being a creator.

Creating a piece of content from what you consumed, what you know, or what you experienced.

So what did I do?

First of all, I have a daily journal that makes me feel organized.

It’s not a secret that you have to play with your mind, in order to make it feel good, but that’s a topic for another time.

What I want to show you is how that video turned into information inside my journal.

With a pen and highlighter on my desk, this is what my writing and drawing skills were able to create.

Turning Information Into Content

Short and simple.

But I knew that if I look at this over and over again, there won’t be any benefit, because that arrow between the boxes is the actual work, which transforms the information into content.

So, later, I opened a Word document and started writing my experience.

As I was writing this, I felt 2 emotions:

  • Happiness due to actually creating something
  • Joy of benefiting anyone who reads this

And the truth is, we all experience many things each and every day.

Some of them are daily habits, but many of them are new things, because, don’t we all crave that novelty?

It’s true that novelty is a double-edged sword.

  • Most diets fail because people get bored with eating the same things
  • Most athletes fail because they get bored with practicing the basic fundamentals
  • Most businesses fail because they look for the new shiny strategy

At the same time, we do need novelty, but in the right amount, at the right time.

We will always search for it, so we might just as well do something with it

For example, you can make reading this post worth your time, just like I did with the video I told you about.

All you have to do is take any kind of action.

Ask yourself: what could you do right now, after you finish reading this.

  • Could you write a note on a piece of paper so you apply it soon?
  • Could you share the article with a friend that may need it?
  • Could you make a social media post to inform other people of what you’ve just learned?

Any kind of interaction will do.

And I’m sure you will feel the joy right after doing it.

If you don’t believe me, just remember how you felt the last time when you learned something new and then shared it with someone else or you applied it in your life. Most of us are usually surprised how come we didn’t do it earlier.

And most importantly, it doesn’t matter who you are.

You don’t need to be a CEO, a founder, a rock star, a superstar, or whatever fancy name or title you can think of.

You don’t need to be a writer, an influencer, a master persuader or a guru.

Words and actions can have the same impact, even if it’s at a larger or smaller scale.

If you can reach one person, you can eventually reach one million, but it has to start somewhere.

We can’t get to the top of the ladder if we don’t take each step one by one.

If only one person comments or likes your post, that’s a good sign.

Actually, even if you get only 1 view, it’s still doing well.

Why?

Well, if that person sees your posts 1000 times, he’ll eventually say “man, this person is persistent, I could probably trust him with [insert house choir you hate doing here]”

I’m just slightly joking, but you get the idea.

“Trust is built with consistency” – that is something we should probably think about more often.

Imagine what would happen if you would turn more of your experiences into content? Consistently.

If there’s anything on your mind, don’t be shy, you have the comment box down below ⇩⇩⇩ Promise I won’t bite ⇩⇩⇩

If there’s anything on your mind, don’t be shy, you have the comment box down below ⇩⇩⇩ Promise I won’t bite ⇩⇩⇩