“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” ~ Tony Robbins
I had a doctor’s appointment early Friday morning and in my rush to get there, I managed to get away from my house without either a book or my E-reader. When I arrived, I also found that I had no email or text messages on my cell phone to tend to so I ended up being subjected to watching one of those morning talk shows on one of the major networks. In the short time that I waited to see the doctor, I learned that the stars of Twilight are in a bit of a tiff. It seems that one of them cheated on the other and people are really upset over it. I also learned that apparently Alex Baldwin has a stalker. Then I learned that, according to a recent study (probably paid for with our tax dollars), the average American woman owns 38 pairs of underwear. I don’t know how I would have possibly made it through the day without any of this valuable information.
It occurred to me just how much valuable time is wasted by people worrying about useless information like this that is of absolutely no consequence and that is constantly thrust upon us by the media. Time is far too valuable of a commodity to ever be wasted on such minutia, and it’s time for society to do a hard reboot. Yes, it’s time to hit Control + Alt + Delete.
► Control – Take control of your time. Consider what activities are draining your valuable time away from you. A good way to do this is the journal your activities. Keep a log that accounts for everything you do each day and see just how much time is being wasted. You may be shocked to find out that several hours per day are spent on mindless and meaningless activities such as keeping up with celebrities, watching to see who get voted off the island or having unproductive phone calls, texts and emails. I’m always amazed when people say, “I don’t have time to read (or anything else productive).” We each have just as many hours minutes and seconds in a day as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, or Thomas Edison had and look at what they were able to get done!
► Alt – Look for alternate ways to spend your time that get more out of life. Does it really affect your life if you know whether or not some celebrity has a stalker? Does it really affect your life to know who got voted off the island? Would it enrich your life if some of the time you might now be wasting on unimportant drivel were spent instead on building better personal relationships or learning something useful? For the diehard TV watchers, the good news is, with over 400 channels to choose from, you don’t necessarily have to turn it off, just consider changing the channel!
► Delete – Delete the time wasters from your life. This can be a wide variety of things ranging from personal habits to the people you spend time with that drain you from being productive. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a day when you start removing the activities and the people from your life that eat away at your valuable time. Learn to identify time wasters that are presented as something useful – like morning network TV – and replace that valuable time with something with some true value.
In his quote, Tony Robbins says “we never concentrate our power”. Unfortunately, many people do concentrate their power, but they concentrate it on things that just don’t matter. The secret is learning to concentrate that power on the things that DO matter.
We’re surrounded by outside influences – such as the news media – that want to keep you informed of things that really don’t matter, at least not to you. Life was never intended to be spectator sport. Somehow the media has transformed into a system of attempting to make us feel better simply by seeing just how messed up other people’s lives are. We don’t need to keep up with the Kar-crashians, we just need to keep up with ourselves and the valuable time we are given each day. Reboot your life. Control – Alt – Delete. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done in a day.
What are the time-wasters you can eliminate from your life today?