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Wasting Time


“But why do only unimportant things?” asked Milo, who suddenly remembered how much time he spent each day doing them.

“Think of all the trouble it saves,” the man explained, and his face looked as if he’d be grinning an evil grin–if he could grin at all. “If you only do the easy and useless jobs, you’ll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult. You just won’t have the time. For there’s always something to do to keep you from what you really should be doing, and if it weren’t for that dreadful magic staff, you’d never know how much time you were wasting.”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth    

I’ll admit it- I’m a huge fan of Facebook. I sometimes catch myself spending way more time on it than I should. I make excuses:

  • I need to see what the grandkids are up to; look at that cute picture of the baby!
  • I need to check on some of my customers (who are also friends)
  • I need to see what is going on that I can pray for (and I do)

But the problem is that what I want to last five minutes can turn into an hour; and I don’t even realize it. If I took some of the time I’ve spent on Facebook, just 30 minutes twice a week, and put that towards something new, just think of the things I might have done!

An email  to a current customer – either to check in and see how things are going, or to remind them of an upcoming deadline, could be composed, proofread and sent in five minutes.

A new blog post could be drafted in 15 minutes. Another 5 and it should be ready to publish and share on social media.

A TED talk on a new subject can be watched in 10-30 minutes.

An online course in marketing usually has segments that you can work through in 30-60 minutes.

So one of my goals this week is not have Facebook open on a browser tab until lunchtime; then I can check it while I take a break.

Nothing at all wrong with Facebook- but it’s like a lot of other things- it can be a monumental time-waster.