Here are some scary questions for you.
How much time do you spend each week consuming mindless TV shows? Or surfing the internet, and playing video games and such?
If you’re anything like the average American it’s a lot more than you’d like to admit or even think possible.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s fun to sit down and watch your favorite TV show or hang out and game. When it’s intentional and this is how you choose to spend your time, go for it and enjoy.
It only becomes problematic when you lose track of time. Before you know it you’ve wasted three hours later and you have no idea how that happened.
That’s when TVs, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and the likes become time suckers.
Why is this a problem? Because time is the only true limited resource we’re working with. If push comes to shove, you can find a way to get more of everything else, be it money, friends, or something easy like bread.
But time, we can’t get back and we don’t get more of. There’s no way to earn a few extra hours. We all work with 24 of them per day.
Since the hours are finite we want wisdom and intention to guide us in using them.
Today’s challenge is simple. Become aware of how these types of entertainment are sucking up a lot of your time.
When you come home from work stop and think. Are you best served by plopping down on the couch and drifting off until it’s time to go to bed?
Is this how you want to spend your time? If so, go ahead. If there’s something else you want to try, go for it.
In other words start making conscious choices about your free time.
You could change your habit pattern. First, go for a walk. Or get together with a friend at your favorite meeting spot before settling in the for the night.
Have a quiet moment by reading a book. Or have a conversation with your spouse and/or children.
You might dust off the old board games for some old-fashioned interactive family fun. Pick what makes the most sense to you. Find something purposeful to do with all those extra hours in your day.
It’s amazing how much free time you have once you stop wasting it. You’ll find there’s time for that new hobby you thought you couldn’t get around to. There’s time to work in exercise and still not miss your favorite movie.
Bring intention and purpose your hours. You’ll find they’re less likely to slip through your fingers. And that can have a profound effect on your life and your well-being.
Overheard: “The internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.”
~ Andrew Brown