Time-wasters make up too many of my hours. These are things like reading every single Facebook post that popped up overnight, and going back time and time again to see the new posts. I can spend an hour scouring the internet for something I want that I can't possibly afford. The other night I spent three hours struggling to set up and use an old program that won't operate in Windows 7 - not a useful program, but one I could waste more time on.
And lately I've been thinking, at times, "Is this really how I want to spend my time just now?"
Almost always the answer is no, it's not. So then I have to ask myself how I do want to be spending my time.
And the answers I come up with aren't generally things I'd enjoy more than what I'm doing. They are things that would make life more enjoyable.
Wouldn't it be nice not to have to look at a sink and countertop full of dirty dishes and recycling? And wouldn't it be nice if that same mess weren't always there rebuking me when I go to the kitchen? Just think how good it would feel to have that not-particularly-entertaining job done!
The desk I de-cluttered so beautifully a couple of months ago is a disaster again. It happened when I got my new computer and had to spend days transferring material from old to new CPU, reinstalling many dozens of programs, trying to get a handle on this Windows 7 thing (and thank the gods I missed Windows 8 by a couple of months!). Okay, so I had a legitimate reason why the desk got cluttered up again. Why is it still that way, 4 weeks later?
And wouldn't it give me both satisfaction and a less stressful environment if I cleared away the clutter again? Yes.
The key isn't deciding what to do. The key is the question. "Is this really how I want to spend my time?" has to be asked. The answer is "no" most of the time. The next question, "How do I want to spend this time?", probably doesn't lead to something that's a lot more fun than reading Facebook posts. If I let it lead to something that will ease my mind after it's done, then I've opened a treasure box with the key.
Published On: October 28, 2012
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