Time time time, sounds kinda weird now that I’ve said it a hundred times trying to come up with a title. Anyways, this post is going to be about what we do with our time. We’ve all heard it before, whether it was from our parents, a teacher, a sibling, or anyone else reminding us to not waste our time. After awhile I think we stop paying attention to the importance behind the message just because it doesn’t have any short term consequences and it becomes kind of annoying to hear; but when you really think about it, it’s kinda scary. Unless you know of a magical fountain that grants you immortality you’re in the same boat as I am, we will eventually, and sadly, die. So this brings me to my main point, let’s stop wasting time!
In today’s modern contemporary society I think it’s pretty safe to say wasting time has never been easier. I mean to start off look around you right now; there’s probably a TV in the room, an iPad, your phone, a gaming device, and worst out of all of them Netflix and your bed. Majority of us aren’t really making our lives better by taking a 4 hour nap, watching a whole season of The Walking Dead on a Saturday, or scrolling down our Instagram feeds. So lets take the time to really examine these great wastes of time and replace them with some more positive uses of time.
1. TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc– Believe me I know whats its like to watch a TV series and on accident, end up watching 5 episodes of Lost in a day. I find it incredible how well these shows hypnotize us and make us forget about our lives for those full 45 minutes of an episode, only to watch 4 more thanks to the extremely dramatic scenes during the last 5 minutes of the episodes. Although your favorite character died don’t watch another one and waste more time!
ALTERNATIVE: Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I was better at”, “I wonder how that works, or “I would like to know more about that”? If you have, you should pick up a book! Not only will it answer your questions; but it will also make you smarter! Studies show that reading not only makes you smarter, but can reduce stress, relax you, improve writing skills, improve memory, increase analytical thinking skills, and expand your vocabulary.
2. Cellphone’s- Whether it’s texting your homegirl, homeboy, BFF, or hubby; doing it all day long is a waste of time. I know what a good conversation is like. They seem to go on endlessly sometimes only to end just before falling asleep. While knowing what friends are up to and reminding our special someone how much we love them, we shouldn’t forget there are better things to do. You may think periodically texting through out the day really doesn’t use too much time, but if we were to add up all these moments through out the day, who know’s you might be texting 1-2 hours a day in total.
ALTERNATIVE: Whether you’re a dude or a girl, you know you wanna get in shape. Regardless if you are trying to lose or gain weight it’s the same thing. Don’t be that person that buys $90 Nike’s, jogs for a week, and quits after a couple days. Working out is AWESOME! Not only does it make your new clothes look better, it improves confidence, kills stress, helps with depression, helps anxiety, boosts energy, helps you sleep better and even improves mental acuity. In my opinion working out is even character building. I always remind myself how hard I work at the gym, and how great I feel afterwards when I’m feeling unmotivated doing other tasks.
3. Social Networking- It’s real simple. Too much of anything is bad, especially Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Now I chose these three because they’re the most popular, and in my opinion easiest to waste time on. Whether you’re scrolling through pointless tweets, scrolling through that fresh new Instagram feed, or once again scrolling your life away on Facebook; you are wasting time. Like they say, time is money, and losing money over your friends stupid tweet is not worth dollah bills. Like I said, it’s real simple.
ALTERNATIVE: Meditation. No, you don’t have to put on a robe, sit in the dark for 5 hours a day, or pay anything; a mind at peace is free. I started meditating about 3 months ago and I haven’t stopped since. I did it because I’m always willing to try new things and frankly my brain felt like it was about to explode sometimes. Meditation has been known to- once again– reduce stress, strengthen memory, improve mental processing of information, relax you, makes you happier, and just makes life better. Now I don’t know about you but after reading that I would much rather meditate than read my friends tweet about how much he loves McDonald’s fries. If you want to start meditating I recommend you go to http://zenhabits.net/meditate/ and just follow the directions. Good luck!
4. “Accidental” Long Naps, Video Games, pointless internet use- Alternatives 1-3 are my favorite so I went into detail, these following alternatives are also positive uses of time in my opinion. 1. You love music? Learn how to make it. I recently started playing drums and plan on buying a piano very soon. 2. Pick up a sport. Go play volleyball with your friends, learn tennis, go shoot hoops, learn to skateboard, go climb tree’s! I skateboard on weekends with my little brother. 3. Cook something deliciously healthy. Look up some recipe and make it yourself. Frozen and packaged foods are high in sodium, have nasty chemicals, and leave us feeling crappy. Don’t even get me started with fast foods.
And that about wraps it up, at least I think. Like I said before, I’ve never blogged nor have I ever been an excellent writer, so forgive me if my writing doesn’t flow yet. I thought I could write this in one day but it turned out to take 3 days. I still don’t know how frequently I will posting new stuff so just keep an eye on me and we’ll both find out! Now lets do something good with our lives.
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