One thing that I have noticed over the years is how much we’re living in the “now” culture. Wether this is with products such as smart phones or media such as Game of Thrones. We live in a society that punishes (figuratively speaking) those who step back and don’t succumb to the masses, those who are not willing to be sheeps following the herd, but life is only finite and time is precious. We treat time not like the valuable commodity that it actually is and we all “waste” our time following the “now” culture instead of really evaluating the full picture.
”Is it worth my time right now?”
”Could I be doing something that drives me to a new direction?”
”What is the real value I’m going to be getting by this?”
This leads to another aspect and this is consumption. I think that when it comes to consumption, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to actually consume. This is when your doing something like walking to work, or sitting on the subway or waiting for water to boil and you can easily and safely start to really utilize your time much better and strive for abundance. Of course we all have the times we just want to put our feet up and consume the “now”, there is nothing wrong with that and of course sitting with your loved one/s and watching a movie is valuable and you get something out of that. But again this shouldn’t be a common activity and should be used sparingly to other activities.
I think the best approach is to define activities were you can consume. For example, when I walk from the train station to work, I utilize this time for audio books and podcasts and this is generally the only time I would do such an activity. When I’m on the train, if I’m alone I will read some articles on my to read list. I would also define some buckets, this is a place where you can store consumption activities such as articles, books, videos etc and you can then utilize a personal Kanban system to make sure you keep on top of these buckets. For me I utilize a combination of JIRA and Trello but Trello is good enough for such activities. You can see my public consumption Trello board here: https://trello.com/b/uCzfOtev/consumption.
So start to think smart and take back your time! You will be surprised at how much you can achieve with just some minor tweaks to utilising your time better.