The other day I wrote about survival techniques: things we do to distract ourselves from the life we’re living so we can simply survive. Sometimes our survival techniques aren’t as drastic as working 16-18 hour days. We may also employ the tactic of distracting ourselves by wasting little chunks of time.
Once we’re aware of the ways we waste time to get through each day, it makes it easier to reduce the time spent on these activities so we can use that time for things that truly make us happy.
Take a moment to sit down with pen and paper and think about this: how much time do you spend each day doing each of the following? Write down your answer for each.
- Watching television
- Browsing through social media sites
- Reading a never ending stream of blog posts
- Talking on the phone
- Watching movies
- Playing games
- Reading books that don’t you don’t really enjoy
Let me be clear that there’s nothing wrong with any of these activities. They’re all great ways to relax and clear our mind after a long day of work. But if you’re feeling unfulfilled, you may benefit from reducing the time spent on these activities.
What was the total time spent on all of these activities? How much time would you rather spend doing these things? Assuming you’d rather spend less time on these time wasters, what would you do with that extra time you earned each week? What activities would you prefer to do?
What are your primary time wasters? Share them in the comments.
This is an adaptation of an earlier post.