This is the third in our series of “Do Something” blogs.
One of the biggest excuses we hear from people about why they can’t do something is that they don’t have time. I can’t help because I’m too busy. I can’t start a business because I have kids. I can’t make it to the conference because I have so many other errands to run.
To this we wave the bullshit flag.
These are excuses. People love to make excuses because excuses are easy. Excuses mean you don’t have to be accountable for anything. Excuses mean you don’t have to try, and if you don’t try, you can’t fail. (Of course, you can’t succeed, either.)
How busy are you, really? I’ll bet we can find two to three hours in your day where you could be doing something important but aren’t.
No way. It’s not going to happen. I’m busy all day long.
No you aren’t. You just think you are. But you’re fooling yourself. How much time do you spend on Facebook? How much time do you spend pinning photos on Pinterest or sharing Instagram photos? Texting? Watching videos? Watching TV? Chatting on the phone? Surfing the Internet?
Do you see what we’re getting at here? Let’s check out this Statista chart on how hooked into our electronics we are.
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Let that sink in for a moment. Americans use electronic media over eleven hours per day. Sure doesn’t sound like people are so busy, does it? Especially when you take into consideration that we’re sleeping at least seven hours, too. I guess that means we’re only doing two hours of real work per day!
Let’s take Smartphone and Internet usage from the chart. It’s about two and a half hours of time. (See, we told you that we’d find two to three hours in your day!) I know you’re thinking that you don’t believe you spend that much time on your phone or using social media - but you’d be surprised.
Now, I know it’s fun to be on social media and to catch up on what everyone’s doing. We use social media - we like it and we like to be able to share things happening regarding the work at home lifestyle with you. But really, how much time are you spending just sharing silly cat pictures and dancing unicorn gifs?
I’m too busy. Let’s reword that statement to say what it really means: I’m too busy doing unimportant things. Think about this. If you took just 15 minutes per day away from your electronic media interactions (distractions) to focus on a specific goal you have like writing a book, or working on a new, amazing recipe you think you could sell, or begin building that “thing” you know will help millions of people and you can’t wait for it to be sold on QVC, you’d claim one hour and 45 minutes in a week. That’s 91 hours in a year. Just by not being distracted for fifteen minutes in your day.
Don’t think you spend that much time online? Take this test. For one day, do not visit any social media website or any pages (even ours!). Don’t mindlessly surf, or share photos or memes or whatever silly, non-productive things we all tend to do once we open our laptops or phones. Also in that day, put down your phone. If it rings, answer it. If you need to make a phone call, make a phone call. Don’t use it for anything but a phone.
See what happens. See just how much of your day opens up doing those two simple things. It won’t be easy disconnecting yourself, but it will be more productive. When you feel yourself saying, “oh, I’ll just check…” DON’T. Instead, do something meaningful instead.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.