Please imagine someone uses his energy doing some useless and mainly worthless things and you are going to advise him and as a friend give him a warning that what he is doing is wasting his time. I was wondering if someone could let me know which one of the following choices sounds more idiomatic in the self-made sentence below and finally tell me if my sentence is natural at all or I have to rephrase it:

  • Don’t.............your energy for worthless things.

a) utilize

b) waste

c) use

For me, depending on the context, both 'b' and 'c' sound idiomatic.

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    For me waste is better, because wasted is not a useful thing, but "use" may be used for useful or useless. – CatfishFTW Jan 14 '17 at 13:22
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    Don't waste your energy on..., not Don't waste your energy for.... – J.R. Jan 14 '17 at 13:44

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