Although it's not one of my goals for this quarter, I've been thinking a lot about time bandits. You know, all those little things in your life that add up to a lot of wasted time. Several things seem to drain away hours in a week, hours that I could be using to actually work on the goals I've set for myself. One biggie is what I call junk emails. Those emails that tell you that you'll be blessed if you pass it on to 5 of your closest friends or that promise the email contains something you don't want to miss. Sometimes you have to wait for a download (photos or slide shows) or you have to click on a link. Some of these emails are just *thinking of you* emails from a friend who received it from a friend...and then forwarded it to everyone in their address book. And these almost always come from well meaning people. But. I. Hate. Those. Emails. Sorry...but it's true. I don't want to see a cute picture (if I wanted to, I'd go to Google Images). I do appreciate emails from family and friends, telling me that they're thinking of me. But I don't want a form letter. So now, I'm just automatically deleting those as soon as they appear in my inbox.
Another time bandit is social networking sites like facebook (and the email notifications I receive). I've realized that if I don't personally know the person making a comment on a facebook thread, 9 times out of 10 it has nothing to do with me. Those also will be deleted. In fact, I've decided to take a temporary break from facebook. Then I'll decided whether or not I'm missing anything or if I'm putting my time to better use.
Television sometimes becomes a time bandit for me. I'm not a huge TV viewer, but I like to watch the news and occasionally like to watch a crime drama. However, I've discovered that while watching the news, which is condensed into 30 minutes, I end up watching the same stories over and over. I become a news junkie. Same with television shows. I tend to watch repeats of shows and the networks tend to run them back-to-back. What happens is I intend to watch one episode and I find myself glued to the sofa for three or four. And I've realized I don't really get that much enjoyment out of it. After that many episodes, they all seem to run together. One would be enough.
My hope with this new *revelation* is that I'll have happier, more productive days ahead for me. I'll keep you posted.