Saturday, February 11, 2017

Where'd the time go?

Ever wonder where all your time is going when you're writing or wanting to write. You tell yourself you're going to hit those word count goals today.

But then something happens and time disappears before you know it. Where did it all go? How did hours simply vanish?

Well, there's something called life. It's true. Life can take a large chuck of time each day. From doing the most mundane things, like shopping, laundry and walking the dog. To the other needed things, like banking, work or school. Then you got the real time drainers, like going to see a doctor, getting a car fixed or the many obligations we are tied to.

There's also something called time sinks, those things we do which tend to eat up time like pac-man eating up pellets. These steal time due to our lack of discipline and willpower.

It's those moments online where you drop in on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site. We only plan to stay for a few minutes, update or post, maybe check out what a few people are doing and then go tackle the email.

Then while in email, a message comes over and we go chat a few with a friend. Then stop to check out a link they sent, go back to the email, hop back over to the social media cause there was an email notice about someone posted on our timeline.

Before long it's been hours and the email is still only half done! To add to this problem, what if you have more than one email! Like one personal and one business. I know some who have even more! One for family, one for specific groups and separate businesses.

Hopefully, with discipline and a bit of willpower, those who want to write will be able to manage there time better and resist getting lost in the social media maze.

Time is limited, so it's not a good idea to waste it. Running a business, spending time on a hobby or even just juggling work, family and relationships are all time intensive. Time can disappear faster than a crowd at a party when the free food and drinks are gone. It's in your best interest to use it wisely.

Even I need to remember to keep a better watch on time. It's up to all of us to make sure we spend it cautiously and carefully. It's more precious than money, since you can go make more money. But no one can give you more time. Once it's passed, it's gone. Make sure you spend it doing something you enjoyed. Don't forget to make memories to cherish later. It isn't all about work, deadlines, chores and schedules. We need to set aside time to care for our mental health too. Especially when doing something that is mentally intensive like writing or other creative outlets. Physical burnouts aren't the only kind, mental burnouts are just as harsh.

Spending time with those you care about the most will never be wrong. It's the best investment of time, because there's no guarantee they or you will be here tomorrow. So do and say what's in your heart today. Living life in the present moment is the best way to spend time. Plus you get the experiences and memories you need to tap into when you're writing from your heart.

Okay, time to me to stop typing and go spend a bit more time with my family. With the way things go I'm never sure who's here or not. Besides, I best let them know I haven't kicked the bucket yet. Schedules have been so crazy lately.

Till next time, take care, stay safe and keep your dreams alive!

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