What if we decided to spend our time more productively?
To do requires one to NOT do.
So what do we put on the chopping block?
This question was raised recently about blogging, questioning the time spent. Some think posting is most important (only ones with something interesting to say). On the flip side, others question the time it takes to blog hop (finding it necessary to be everywhere).
Consider how happy you are with the way you spend your time. Do you find yourself at either extreme?
I was prepared for this question from a fellow blogger because, I myself was thinking about it for a long time lately. It got me thinking of priorities and why we spend so much time on the web.
Is there a primal reason?
In our beginnings as a human race, minds were geared toward being aware of our environment, looking for changes that warn danger, find food, or whatever was important to early man. Man had to be vigilant to stimuli (cues in nature) if he was to survive. (source)
Today, attention seems directed toward stimuli that is streaming TO us: TV, radio, cell phones and the internet. We hear the cues, just as ancient man depended and don’t chance missing something important.
But rather than running from or facing danger head on… we watch it from the safety of TV and computers, or pretend to engage it in video games without actual harm. We are passive “lookers” and ancient man was an active doer, hence “not wasting his time”.
How many times while doing something else do you feel the need to check out the web? Is Facebook calling your name? Are blogs your daily drug? Is that stupid YouTube video an addiction? And how about the cell phone? Is it ever turned off?
Take stock in what is wasting your time.
If the internet is commanding your life, rethink what you read and write. And how often you post. If you post often, make sure to vary the topics. My garden every day is too much garden! Varying the topic ensures a variety and number of readers too.
A great blog should be rewarded with viewers that you don’t have to work tirelessly to get. Just saying…those you work for are just not worth your time. Visit those that visit you! I do and I bet you share similar interests. Limit your web surfing.
Look for blogs that write about things you don’t know! I have a few posts coming up on things you might find interesting and I bet you might not know. Like I said, variety.
I automate much of what I post, like all the photographs by creating actions in Photoshop, so it is fast for me to post frequently. Maybe consider writing scripts to save time! These can help do some work automatically. Photography is my passion, so making it easier makes blogging a breeze.
Also, I don’t load images into a post one by one, or in the right order for that matter. Once in a post, I just drag them to where I want them between text. Saves time.
Want to Get Serious?
To curb the need to surf, sign up for one of the services that shows you HOW you spend your time online. They help to track of how much you browse if you find you cannot get important things accomplished? There are both free and paid apps to monitor web activity.
These five apps are reviewed on Mashable with independent review.
Some free, others a paid service, they allow you to see how much time you spend on certain websites and the use of apps on your computer. Mainly used for business, but they can help general surfers too.
Time to use time better? Take a blogging vacation…
Refresh, recharge and reassess! See the world for REAL.
As promised, a head scratching, FUNNY post up next… then MY GARDEN.