The only asset that can’t be replaced…
“I don’t have time for that.”
Would it help if you had 36 instead of 24?
Would that help?
People are always looking for technology to free them from their daily mundane tasks. They want their cars to drive them, their phone to think for them, heck, even a refrigerator to tell them that they’re out of milk. (Because, you know, opening the door to look takes too long.)
But the question is: what is everybody doing with all their tech assisted multi-tasking?
With all this added capability, people are still complaining about not having enough hours in the day, as they were when they did pretty much everything manually, one painful task at a time.
According to a recent study by the consulting firm Activate, Americans are choosing engagement with technology and media over work or sleep. And we’re all guilty of it. Restaurants are filled with people too engrossed in their phones to enjoy family time. Business meetings are plagued by buzzing and beeps. Even movie theatres have PSA’s asking people to not be Tommy Texter’s…
Taking our phones and tablets to bed with us to watch the latest YouTube video of cats doing cat things. Phones in the bathroom to Facebook – and if you’re reading this while visiting the porcelain prince, please remember to wash your hands.
This explains why most of us are reliant on Starbucks and energy drinks to get through the morning, just to repeat the process.
The problem is that people are so focused on their multi-tasking (viewing one thing while texting about it and uploading a video about it) and people are able to be so easily engaged while they eat, play work (or pretend to work) that their wasting the time that they do have in the day.
People are spending nearly 11 HOURS A DAY consumed by media use…all while eating, working, cleaning the house and engaged in other activities.
The end result?
People feel like they don’t have enough hours in the day.
And even 12 extra hours plucked out of the cosmos won’t fix the issue – people who waste their time will always fail to have enough time.
If you find you don’t have enough time to get your to-do list finished, it’s NOT because you aren’t multi-tasking enough. It’s because you’re doing it too much. There’s too much overlap between your tech use and LIFE.
So how do you fix it?
- Schedule your down-time – you know, that time you want to spend rotting your brain on YouTube or numbing yourself with games. And stick to that schedule. Don’t steal 5 minutes here, or 10 minutes there.
- Put your phone in a drawer when you want to get things done. You’ll be amazed at the built-in reflex to check it within just a few minutes.
- Create an ambitious to-do list and break your tasks down to 15 minute slots – and STICK to it.
- Reduce your overlap. Stop multi-tasking and start focusing on the task at hand.
I can promise you that the quality and effectiveness of what you’re doing goes up and the total time required to complete the task will drop if you do it without interruption.
Remember, time is the ONLY asset that can’t be replaced.
Let that sink in (but not for too long) – money, customers, homes, cars, technology, can all be replaced. The seconds ticking by on the clock are gone forever.
You cannot ever get it back. It can’t be replenished or replaced.
Time should be a top priority.
You absolutely must be militant about your time, and the use of that time….
So, how are you spending yours?
Are you spending it the way you want?
Are you getting everything done and able to enjoy doing the things you love to do?