Waste huh? I’ve been a master of wasting time all my life. With the amount of time I’ve spent on video games, browsing various forums, watching bad television, porn, sorting files according to specific but in the end pointless rules, sleeping twelve hours in one day, chatting about nothing on IRC, just zoning out… I could’ve been a professor of something by now.
Interestingly enough, just a few weeks ago I drew up a schedule of my average day and how I would be spending it, and I’m trying my best to stick to it since then. It’s a hard process but it’s going better and better.
I unplugged the cable to our TV a few years ago, so it’s only able to show what’s happening on my computer, or if I play video games on it. I’ve reduced the time I spend playing a lot, and when I play it’s because I play together with my wife for an hour or two.
I’ve also stopped looking up history/politics/philosophy related videos on Youtube, although I’ve learnt a lot from them in the past and don’t consider them a waste, I get sucked into it and can’t get anything else done.
I don’t get engaged in the latest news stories, that’s just made to rile people up and distract them from meaningful things.
I’ve never been one to engage in social media, but I can easily get distracted if I see my wife reading stuff on Twitter, so that’s one thing I need to stop paying attention to.
Even though I don’t feel like I waste anywhere near as much time as I’ve had in the past, falling into that trap again is very easy, so I’ll have to stay focused every day. Exercising certainly helps.
I’ll talk to my wife about this, and tell her to help me stay focused on what I’m actually supposed to be doing, and not drift off to meaningless things.