In September 2007, Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, then outwardly hale and hearty, spoke about his life and imminent death (he would pass away from pancreatic cancer 10 months later) (“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo). He wanted us all to know that time is our most precious commodity and that the best reason to save time at work is to increase the amount of it we have to share with the people we love.
Pausch died on July 25, 2008, leaving behind a wife and three young children. He knew that the memories of the time that he spent with them would be his most precious legacy. He prioritized his time with this rule: “If I do X, will it matter? And if I have to pick either X or Y, which one is more important? At the end of my life, which of these things will I be glad I did?”
That is reason enough to stop wasting time.