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Waste some time

Published about 1 month ago • 1 min read

There's a great quote by Amos Tversky, a famous research psychologist who explored human decision-making:

“The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”

Americans love the idea of being busy. It's a badge of honor to respond with "oh man I am swamped" when someone asks you how you're doing.

But I've never been attracted to the busy state. I like having long blocks of time with nothing to do.

As a 1099, you're in a better position than most to set that up for yourself.

You can be a little underemployed, in both shorter timeframes (leave work at 3 PM or early on a Friday) and on longer ones (take 1-2 months off in between projects).

You give up some money, but in exchange, here is what you can get out of your underemployment if you do it right:

  • Better relationships
  • Better fitness
  • More creativity
  • Less stress
  • More contemplation

Wasting some time in the short term may actually have greater benefits in the long term.

So if you go 1099, make sure to send a calendar invite to yourself to "waste time."


If you're interested in learning how to get your first solo 1099 federal sub-contract, check out my book:

Going 1099: How to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time

I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

Going 1099 is a book that teaches you how to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time. I wrote it because quite a few people have asked me how they can become a 1099. I figured it was best to write a single book that I can send them and that I can share with others who are interested. This newsletter goes out Monday - Friday and covers topics that will help you succeed in starting and maintaining successful 1099 career.

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