Make the Most of Your Time
My typical Saturday goes something like this… (Lord, this is embarrassing.) Wake up around 7:30am and make breakfast. Surf the internet and catch up on blogs for a few hours (I know, I know). Go for a run. Come back and shower. Grab some lunch–eat while surfing the internet again. Write for an hour or two. Straighten up the house. Watch some TiVo’d programs (Battlestar Galactica, House, Law & Order SVU, The Office). Make dinner. Watch TV or movies until bed. Repeat on Sunday.
Sure, I get some things done (a little bit of writing, a run, cleaning), but the bulk of my weekend is frittered away on mindless entertainment. I didn’t truly realize the impact this was having on my life until recently.
A few weekends ago, my husband and I actually got out of the house. We woke up on Saturday morning, went running together, and came back and made breakfast. We walked downtown to go a local music festival. We met some friends and hung out there for a few hours. It wasn’t really our scene, so we left and walked to the theater in Chinatown, where we saw a hilarious movie. We had dinner at a sushi-go-round place and then went out for a beer. It was an incredibly fun day.
I woke up the next morning totally convinced that it was Monday. Why? Because we’d gotten out and done so much that Saturday felt like an entire weekend by itself. Sunday was like a bonus gift–we slept in, made waffles, and had a lazy morning. Then we went out to run errands for a while. When we got home, I went over to a friend’s house and we cooked together. It was AWESOME! The weekend felt like it lasted forever.
The moral of the story: Don’t let time-suckers like TV and the Internet steal away your leisure time. You will get so much more life in your life if you’re out doing something than if you’re home sitting on the couch. My excuse is always, “I had a hard week–I’m tired and I need some rest.” But I’m here to tell you that my excuse is total BS. I felt far more energized after my action-packed weekend than I would’ve after a 6-hour TV marathon.
What are your biggest time-suckers and what are some things you can do to defeat them?
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