January 17, 2015

The world’s shortest time management course in only 3 words

Stop Watching TV

If we heed those three words, this would be the world’s shortest and most effective time management course.

Is your life being infected by television? Are you deferring your dreams so that you can stay entertained?

I have the feeling that watching too much television is a dull-witted distraction taking us from pure potential to mediocrity.

I can’t quite remember where I saw this statistic … but it went something like this.

The average American watches approximately 7 years of television in his or her lifetime.

I would imagine that the average South African probably watches just as much television.

I don’t know about you, but I find that a horrifying statistic.

What would you do if you had an extra 7 years (61 320 hours)?

I know what I would do. I would try and become more significant and less ambivalent, sloth-like and uninspiring. I would make every breath I take count. I would:

  • Spend that time reading more (if I read a book a month I would have read 84 books in 7 years)
  • Spend more quality time with my daughter. Be more of a daddy than a father (actually having dinner at a table and communicating must be more fulfilling and relationship-building than watching TV, surely?)
  • Spend more time writing (let’s say I write 500 words an hour … 7 years would translate to 30 660 000 words. That’s a lot of books)
  • Spend more time exercising and looking after my health (On a 6km run (call it an hour) I burn around 500 calories. I’d have burned 30 660 000 calories over 7 years.

And, add social media to the television mix and then the figure changes dramatically.

social media is a weapon of mass distraction

We’ve all been given only 86 400 seconds a day.

What are you doing with yours?

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