'Regret For Wasted Time Is More Wasted Time'

The above quote comes from aphorist Mason Cooley, who reminds us that the only cure for inactivity is action. Regret has its purpose in the scope of human emotion, however sitting around feeling guilty because you haven't done anything all day (or all year) doesn't accomplish anything.

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For most of us, that moment or realisation feels heavy. At 7pm on Saturday, when we realise we've spent the entire day watching TV, the list of things we need to accomplish feels like a crushing weight. Yet, that first thought of "I haven't done what I need to do" should be all the nudging we need to get moving. Otherwise, we're just perpetuating the problem.

"Regret for wasted time is more wasted time." [The Quotations Page]


    sitting around feeling guilty because you haven’t done anything all day (or all year) doesn’t accomplish anything.

    Sitting around feeling guilty adds to the motivation not to waste time next time around, which is a useful outcome.

    If you don't feel guilty about it, what is your motivation not to do it again?

      Except how often has the guilt itself ever actually resulted in meaningful change?

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