Where does the time go?
We tend to get distracted quite easily. For example, I just watched an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which I didn’t have planned. I just happened to see Jerry Seinfeld on an episode of The Daily Show. Then there are the times when I start looking at Facebook and find myself continuously scrolling down absentmindedly. Been there too? This also occurs at our jobs. Microsoft surveyed their workers and reported that 2 out of 5 days per week were unproductive. Yet, we often times wonder why “there just isn’t enough time in the day.”
So where does our time go? I encourage you to make a list of what you believe are your key distracting activities. Then, spend two or three days tallying the number of times you do the distracting activity. I think you’ll be amazed to see where the time goes.
Create Life Standards
Remember the easy days when parents controlled our life? Just one cookie for dessert. Just one hour of TV tonight. We spent time complaining, sure, but we also did something amazing. We did other things!
Look at the list of distracting activities you made. Choose one activity and set a limit for how many times you can do it. Maybe only check Facebook once per day. Watch only one episode of The Big Bang Theory instead all six on TBS (yeah, that used to be something I did. No wonder I didn’t keep that first job).
I decided to limit how many hours I spend playing video games per week. I decided on limiting myself to 4 sessions and/or 5 hours, whichever comes first. Here is the document I created to help myself keep track. It is currently on our counter where I see it daily to help remind me. As a side note, I noticed a benefit to limiting the activity: I allow myself to be fully immersed in it. The internal nagging voice saying, “do something productive!” is no longer present.
But Now I’m Bored!
Good. The purpose of this is to create time to do other things. Let go of your crutches and security and start being the person you deeply want to be. Being creative is challenging. But, think about how good you will feel by living up to the image you truly want to be. Let me know what you are starting to limit. We can do this together.