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[Essay Framework]: When you kill time, you kill life!


Note: This is a mere outline to get you to start thinking about the topic. This is not a synopsis or a model essay. Just brainstorming. We’re eager to read your insightful essays! Please post them in the comments. 

  • You may start the essay with an anecdote, poem, or a riveting story that illustrates the topic clearly.(If you’re writing a story -please try to write an original story that evokes the reader’s interest.)
  • Define & elaborate upon your idea of the topic– what is the deeper meaning behind it? Explore different perspectives- there is no right or wrong dimension- let your imagination and creativity take over!
  • What is your perception of time? Why is it considered valuable? Why must we not waste time? Is time fleeting or is it just an illusion?
  • How does one utilize time effectively?
    • pursue your passions and hobbies
    • spend time with loved ones
    • learn new skills, etc

This will help in promoting personal growth, enhancing relationships, and achieving success.

  • Explain what it means to “kill time” and how people do it. Does it have a positive or a negative connotation? What prompts people to kill time? Is it boredom, laziness, or due to distractions? Has the proliferation of technology and social media exacerbated this? Does killing time kill life?
  • What are the negative consequences of killing time?
    • wasted opportunities
    • decreased productivity
    • increased stress
    • Wasted potential
    • Hampers personal and professional success
    • Unfulfilled life
  • How does one avoid the temptation to kill time?
    • Start planning and setting goals
    • prioritize tasks
    • surround yourself with people who are driven

There are several benefits of these strategies, such as increased motivation and improved time management skills.

  • The role of distractions in diverting our attention and weakening our focus. What are the various distractions we face in this era? How are they killing our time?
  • Is there a positive perspective on spending time in leisure activities? Does it add value to one’s life? Meditation, self-care, pursuing your passions, etc. It enables one to recharge and take much-needed breaks to prevent burnout. Social media and technology, when utilized in the right manner, can help us stay connected to our loved ones and makes life convenient.
  • Explore various dimensions in the succeeding paragraphs: History/Politics/Personalities, Cultural domain, Environment, Education, Health, Society, Infrastructure/Business, Good governance, and best practices, International Relations, Technology, etc. Contrast and compare with examples to substantiate.
  • Ethical dimension: Apply your learnings from GS-4 wrt to this topic: theories and thinkers

Please let your creativity flow and explore other dimensions.  

  • Related philosophies/theories:
  • Stoicism: This ancient philosophy emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment and making the most of one’s time. The Stoics believed that wasting time on trivial or unimportant things was a form of self-harm, and that one should focus on activities that are productive and beneficial to oneself and others.
  • Flow Theory: This theory suggests that people are happiest and most fulfilled when they are fully engaged in challenging and rewarding activities. Flow occurs when a person is fully absorbed in an activity and loses track of time. The theory suggests that by finding activities that are engaging and meaningful, people can avoid wasting time and enjoy a more fulfilling life.
  • Existentialism: This philosophical movement emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own life and making the most of one’s time. According to existentialists, the meaning of life is not predetermined but is instead created by each individual through their actions and choices. This philosophy can be helpful in motivating people to take control of their time and make the most of it.
  • Related Quotes:
    • “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Time and tide wait for no man.” – Geoffrey Chaucer
  • “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler
  • “Time is a precious commodity, and it’s slipping away. It’s important to make the most of it.” – Tony Robbins
  • “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” – Theophrastus
  • “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn
  • Conclusion: End the essay on a positive, balanced & holistic note.