Use Time Wisely Before It's Gone

SNM134: Use Your Time Wisely Before It’s All Gone

There is no resource more precious than time.  We spend our lives collecting as many things as we can, but in the end, we would trade them all in for just one more second of life.

Are you using your time wisely?

Entertaining Ourselves to Death

Children spend around thirty hours per week zonked out in front of the television.

As a parent of young children, I completely understand the benefit of firing up the television just to get the kids to calm down and be quiet.

The problem is that we turn to the television over and over until it becomes the dominant force in a child's life

Thirty hours per week is nearly a full-time job.

As we get older, we are simply used to thinking of that television as an old friend.

Are You Really Entertained?

I was the king of watching too much television for most of my life.

There is a direct correlation between watching too much television and being overweight.

There certainly has been in my life.

I was always so proud to know the plot of every single show on television.

It gave me something to talk to the other kids in school about.

It took me a long time to realize that we were talking about nothing and that is why those conversations never translated into friendships.

How many of the shows you watched last night can you even remember?

How much did you actually enjoy them?

The Opiate of the Masses

The quality of television programming has been sliding into the toilet for years.

Most people watch “reality” shows where wannabe celebrities pretend that they are acting normally.

We all know that they are acting for the camera and often reshoot the same scene multiple times.

But we can't get enough.

Think that scripted programming is any better?

Try to find a show you like that isn't based on a foreign show.

Most show creators just watch Danish and Israeli shows looking for an idea to rip off.

They know that most Americans would die rather than watch a show in a foreign language with subtitles, so this method actually works.

Do you like Shark Tank – that's a rip off of a Japanese show called Money Tigers.

Did you like The Killing – that's from a Danish show called Forbrydelsen.

How about everyone's favorite show Homeland?  You guessed it.  It's based on an Israeli show called Prisoners of War.

If you really can't stop watching television, at least watch the original versions of shows so that you learn a little bit about some foreign cultures.

But even better, turn off the television and take back control of your life…

Show Notes:

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Key Points:

  1. Pay attention to how you waste your time every day
  2. Get ready for coworkers to hate your efficiency
  3. Project success is more important than hours worked

Resources Mentioned:

Breaking Orbit

Serve No Master on Amazon


Most other links can be found in my TOOLBOX


Send in your questions to podcast [at] servenomaster [dot] com

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