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.