A rule of thumb that’s helping me know if my time is well spent.
The more effortless a pleasure, the more addictive and less constructive.
Screens, junk food, drink/drugs, griping, gambling, mindless shopping.
But the more effortful, the more likely it is to build something meaningful later.
Exercise, developing skill, making time for family/friends, solving problems..
And i’ll be the first to admit when I’m not conscious of my actions, my lizard brain will revert straight back to easy pleasure.
And that gratification is less gratifying when it becomes the default option.