How many times have you thought “oh, if only I had more time to do this and that…”.
Let’s imagine some scenarios, shall we? You are walking down the street and take your phone out to check the time. Then suddenly you’re on Facebook, looking where people have checked in recently. You’re at the dentist and you’re waiting for your turn, which quickly becomes a food photo-fest, courtesy of Instagram. You’re supposed to be doing some research, but You Tube has the most adorable cats and dogs videos (insert any other topic here). Any of these sound familiar?
All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. – Baltasar Gracián
We have all the time we need, we just don’t know how to use it. We live in the era of information and social media and while there are a lot of advantages to this, there are also many drawbacks, the main one being: we’re really distracted. It’s hard to focus on the task at hand when there is an influx of information overload at any moment of the day.
I somehow always find myself browsing Google for who knows what, or checking updates on Facebook. It’s become such an automated reflex, that I’m not conscious of starting it most of the time. And it’s hard to stop. A 2 minute break suddenly becomes a 20 minute Pinterest session. On average, researchers estimate we spend close to 10% of our time on the Internet. If this doesn’t seem like a lot, think of it as 8 years out of an average of 80.
This is time I could use doing so many other things. Take a short walk. Read an interesting article. Call a friend. Write this post. Exercise. Meditate. I’m not saying give up social media all together, but be mindful of when you are using it and when it’s starting to use you. This is not a post about productivity, it’s about taking advantage of your time and all the things you could do while not scrolling through your feed for 15 minutes.
Yesterday was my birthday, so instead of a wish I made a resolution to live more in the moment. We have all the time we need. Stop scrolling. Start living.
Have a eudemonic week!