Last week (Part 1), I talked about the importance of peace in my life and how I find ways to budget my time to help me keep peace. This week, I have some confessions to make. Sometimes, I waste time. I’m not always productive and sometimes, I’m downright lazy. So, I made a list of the things that waste time and decided to do something about it.
I Identified My Time Wasters
- Once I identified my time wasters, I set personal rules for them. The top three for me were Facebook, TV and the phone. Okay, I admitted it!!! So, I set up some rules for these areas of my life. If I’m watching TV, I try to do something else at the same time. I will do some floor exercises with my 5 pound weights or laundry or whatever else can help me multitask. But, I try not to just sit and watch TV. Also, I only watch what I DVR. And I limit myself on how many shows I record.
- I gave myself a daily time limit for Facebook. Once I did this, I stopped reading every little thing. I only looked at what I was really interested in. Also, I found that I don’t use all of the time I gave myself. I’m sure I miss lots of stuff. But, do I really have to know everything? I think I broke the addiction!
- I have a love hate relationship with the phone. I love using it to catch up with friends and family. And, I love to talk about what my kids are doing or the latest idea I am chasing. But, I really hate when it interrupts what I’m in the middle of focusing on. So, I decided the phone needed some rules too. Rule number one is, I don’t acknowledge it after 9pm (with rare exception). This makes my friends and family a little crazy sometimes. It gives them something else to make fun of me for. But, I’m okay with that. I often get phone calls that start with the caller saying, “It is 8:56!! I’m still allowed to call.” And if I happen to call someone after 9pm, they will usually answer and say, “Ummm… it is after 9pm. Why are you calling me?” I have great friends and family!! They make me laugh and keep me from taking life too seriously. Oh, by the way, my husband loves this rule!! 😉
- Rule number two, the phone is for my convenience. So, if I’m in the middle of something, it isn’t my first priority. I don’t jump up to answer it. I also rarely run to it when I get a text. I’ll answer it when I come to a stopping point. People in my life know this about me. They don’t expect immediate access to me. The exception to this rule is this, if my phone rings twice in a row, I’ll check it. It might be an emergency or a friend who really needs to talk. I can be interrupted for that. I love my friends!
I try to remember that anything that wastes time actually robs from the things I would rather be doing, like having fun with my family. What kind of things waste time in your life? And, what kind of rules can you set up to help protect yourself from these time wasters?