As is so often the case, a single thought will kick off an entire blog post.
I asked myself the above question some few days ago just before shutting down Twitter. Not quite in disgust, but distaste. I was just scrolling, doing nothing and generally feeling more and more “Eww” as I went along.
That got me to thinking – not at first, but eventually – about how I was spending my limited down time.
Was I doing anything new? Anything interesting, or was I just, as the saying goes, killing time?
The problem with that, as the saying also goes, is that time’ll kill you right back.
Now, before I get any further, let me be clear on one thing:
Sometimes you need the comfort of the familiar. A few days ago, I was running on empty and I needed a bit of fun, so I watched a movie. it was one I’d seen several times before and it did exactly what I needed it to do.
Nothing wrong with that at all.
Until it becomes a habit.
It’s when you find yourself doing the same things over and over again is when you start to run into trouble.
I’ve got Twitter both on my laptop AND on my phone. I have switched from one platform to the other without even getting up and moving from the room.
It’s a habit, that I’m breaking.
It’s almost the same thing with Instagram – which is my feel good platform. I’ll sit there and watch other people having a good time – which does make me happy, but I’m not getting out there myself.
And I don’t want to send the wrong message here. I’m not comparing myself to those folk. I can’t actually be in all of those places all at once, doing all of those things. I’ve just come to the realization that I’m watching, when I could be doing.
There’s times and places for that. Standing in line, for example. Now it could be argued that lines are also a good place to get a bit of spot-reading done, and this is true, but sometimes you don’t have the headspace for that and just want a quick bit of happy.
So I’m actively taking a couple of weeks to look at how I’m spending my idle time. Then I’ll have some choices to make.
What could I be doing right now?
Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.
I’ll see you on Thursday.
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