There are a finite number of minutes in every day, and it’s up to us to decide how to use them. We can decide to be productive at work. We can decide to plan a healthy menu for the week. We can decide to spend it with friends and family.
I decide to spend lots of time training my dogs and playing with them.
And we can fritter time away. We open Facebook and see a cute video opened right on top. And then we scroll a little bit, and there’s another.
If a thought pops into your mind, you can Google the answer. But, wait – there’s a site that looks interesting. And this doesn’t really answer my question, but it’s cool.
Too frequently, these applications just suck the time away. Before you know it an hour has gone by. And then another.
How many of us have had that happen? Or we turn on the TV for company and get sucked into a program that we really don’t have an interest in?
If you have time to waste, that’s OK. But most people don’t have unlimited free time.
Be conscious of how you spend your time. If you decide to spend 10 minutes scrolling your Facebook feed, that’s fine – but set a timer so that it’s not more than that! Consciously decide to stop drifting from one website to another.
Make a list of productive or fun things you can do in 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 or 30 minutes. Keep it handy – perhaps on your phone. And when you find yourself with a few minutes between chores or appointments, refer to your list and choose a better way to spend those minutes.
We all have a limited amount of time. Don’t waste it!