How to Gain Time: The most valuable experiment you’ll ever do.

Time is infinite, yet OUR time is limited.  What’s worse is, we never really know when our time might run out.  For this reason, I believe Time is the most valuable commodity in existence.  So it would be great if we had more of it right?

The truth is we have loads of time, we just waste a lot of it and that’s so easy to do in today’s world.  With so many distractions held in the palm of our hand, time seems to simply disappear; we are often unaware of it passing us by.

Have you ever asked for more time in the day?

Do you often run out of time to do the things you love?

Are you aware of getting older and want to make the most of your time?

Are you guilty of using the excuse “I just don’t have time”?

If I said you used to have more time in the day and now you’re unconsciously throwing it away, would that sound right? 

So here’s the solution.  The most valuable solution you’ll ever read and it’s FREE.  You’ll just need to make a simple change to how you live your life, give up a couple distractions and I promise you’ll benefit from it immensely.
All you need to do is:
  • Switch off the internet on your phone. That’s no wifi and no 3G or 4G.
  • Pick an hour before lunch when you’ll log on and an hour in the afternoon.  For me that’s more than enough time to send emails, whatsap work colleagues, keep updated with athletes’ Instagram posts and even check Facebook.
This will give you more time to:
  • Be productive.
  • Focus on the work you need to get done.
  • Connect with the people you love.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Drink beers with friends.
  • Cook good food.
  • Do more of what you love and appreciate it more everyday.
  • And much more.
You can take it further:
  • Delete the games & social media apps on your phone.  In fact, only keep the apps that actually save you time (like airline check in for example).
You can take it even further:
  • It is not compulsory to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Try life without them? I’m not saying that’s me as you can see in the feeds to the right ->
  • But it certainly works well for some people I know.
To the naysayers:
  • “What about work?”  This strategy is designed to stop wasting time sucked into social media which will allow you to be more productive at your PC/Mac.  You will get more work done.
  • “But I need my phone for work.”  You are still contactable via phone call and text message.  Personally I can answer whatsap messages in allocated windows.  If you really need to be on call through whatsap, I suggest you delete everything else on your phone to remove the distraction.
  • “Social media is a big part of our business.”  Line up your posts offline and schedule them.
  • Don’t make excuses.  Just look down the street to see how many people are glued to their phones letting time (and everything else in the world) pass them by without realising.  Find a solution that works for you, but I’m sure it will involve unplugging yourself from your phone to a certain extent.
It’s not easy to have the self discipline to avoid social media feeds.  Most people do it automatically.  It happens without realising.  In the bathroom, on the train, walking down the street, mid conversation at the dinner table.  We’ve all been there.  It becomes habitual.  I heard a statistic the other day (from Nokia in the documentary Minimalism) that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day (not the most reliable source but sounds realistic).  That’s why you should probably turn off your internet.  Connect with the real world.  Actually be social.
 
I’ve tried this before and got sucked back in.  I don’t know if this time will last forever.  I do know that I get a hell of a lot more done, have a lot more time in my day, am less distracted and better connected with what I’m doing or whom I’m talking to when I’m not habitually checking my phone.
Anyway, if you feel time flies by without realising, if you know you get sucked into social media feeds too often and would like more time to focus on what’s important to you.  I suggest you give this a go.  Just turn off your internet access and allocate 1-2 hours a day when you’ll be online.
I’m sure this will work for “most” people (like me with poor self discipline and who are easily distracted).  Without constant internet access, there’s simply no urge to “check Facebook” and you won’t find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed for the unteenth time that day.
Let me know how it benefits you.
To those of you who don’t get sucked into your smart phones and social media, I have huge respect for you.  Personally I need to be more proactive in not letting it happen.

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