Elder Brother warned last week’s post verged on whiny-butt. I can always count on him to keep me from wallowing too long in self-pity. When I post about the wallowing, anyway.

I continue my journey of self-betterment with Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This was a textbook for my college leadership class, but I suspect I managed to avoid reading it. I can’t find any evidence, physical or otherwise, to show I ever cracked it open.

Covey wants me to write a mission statement for my life. I’d rather write an obituary. Ooh! Maybe that will be next week’s post. But, grudgingly, I’m trying. As ideas come to me, I’m writing them down. I don’t intend to share them with you. I don’t want that kind of accountability yet. The first sentence so far deals with priorities. I know I have a problem with these because I’m human. I get side-tracked by life and my own desires and I forget what I’m supposed to be doing. One thing that side-tracks me more than anything else, including Farmville, is TV.

So far, the easiest and the hardest action has been turning off the TV. Or, in my case, not turning it on. It’s easy because there is almost nothing on the 3 channels my non-cable antenna picks up that I would want to watch. This weekend, it’s been literally nothing. I keep checking the TV guide and coming up with nothing. Makes me glad I’m not paying for it.

However, it’s hard because without TV to distract me, I have to do other things.

TT: Technically, I don’t have to do other things. I’m one of those sad individuals who can literally watch paint dry without discomfort. But I know I should do other things, so I’m trying.

With the TV off, I have had appointments every night this week, yet managed to get other things done, too, and generally get to bed at a reasonable hour.

I experimented this Saturday. Armed with a to-do list of priorities and a TV time limit, I accomplished everything on the list. When I turned the TV on to finish watching some Fringe episodes, life ground to a halt. When I turned the TV off, life resumed. It’s a little scary how much TV affects me.

This week will be a test. With the TV off and outside commitments currently minimal, can I put my new-found freedom to work on my book? I practiced today, and I think the answer is “yes.”

I just have to do it. Wish me luck.

What about you? What’s your biggest time-waster?

And you’re not allowed to say “family.”  If you’re “wasting” time with your family, you’re doing it wrong and I can recommend different books.

About Robynn Tolbert

Born in Kansas and born again at age six, Robynn has published two novels and started her third. Robynn, aka Ranunculus Turtle, lives in Kansas with a clowder of cats, a patient dog and a garden.

8 comments on “Priorities

  1. Good post, Robynn! And a very good book for anyone to read. 😀

  2. Excellent post. Very chuckle-inducing.

    My biggest time-waster is probably worrying about wasting time. Also worrying about worrying about wasting time, which I’m doing right now.

  3. Good post, Robyn. I read Covey’s book last year, and found it helpful and practical. This year, I’m studying The Other 90% by Robert K. Cooper.

    My biggest time waster is the computer. I can find 50 ways to leave my work for Facebook, friend’s blogs, or Netflix. I can sit and daydream for hours. Oh, and reading self-improvement books. Not that they are a waste of time in themselves, but they trigger the daydreaming of who I want to be.

    Best wishes on your redeeming the time.

  4. My dearest Turtle,

    The computer by far! Good post.

  5. Hm, I have to agree on the computer part, as well as the worrying about wasting time that Paul mentioned :P.

    Definitely not TV. I almost never watch TV.

  6. Wasted time? You have time left to waste? LOL I have to steal moments to waste. Laundry is my biggest time drainer. I won’t call it a waste because it is a need. I do spend a great deal of time talking with a Chicky but that is a need. She gets me and friendship is a basic need for someone that lives on a mountain. Family consumes 90% of my day. I like that. I generally write early or late. If there is no time left…no one is paying me yet, so I’ll not lose sleep over it.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, Princess Turtle.

  7. Yes, I read it, I have no comment…Love you

    Mama Turtle

  8. The computer is second on my list at this point, but it doesn’t seem quite so deadly when not combined with TV. Besides, I need it to write with. I rarely worry about worrying. I have so many other things to worry about. hehe!
    And, Susan, I’m adding that book to my list. Thanks!
    Thank you all for your comments! Keep ’em coming.

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