The Urban Dictionary defines “time suck” as “something that’s engrossing and addictive, but that keeps you from doing things that are actually important.” I have a slew of things that are important to me which of course include writing and reading but then there are the things that time suck:
- Internet (for me its Facebook, Hotmail, YouTube, & Google).
- Movies (I recently watched the documentary “Catfish” which I highly recommend).
- TV (My husband has been a horrible influence on me in regards to watching TV. Before I met him, I rarely watched. Now my favorite shows are “Homeland,” “Dexter,” and “Breaking Bad.” I also enjoy mindless reality shows such as MTV’s “Catfish” and “Buckwild.” And I love watching football. Hopefully the Steelers will make it to the playoffs next year…)
- Stressing out about absolutely everything. I even pace while I’m talking on the phone.
I may enjoy these activities while I’m doing them (except for the stressing out part) but the next morning I always feel guilty that I put wasting time over exercising, cooking and writing.
So how can I overcome this nemesis? Maybe I can:
- Make a “To Do” list. I’m a big fan of checking things off.
- Use a kitchen timer and only allow myself ten minutes or whatever to check Facebook per evening.
- Only allow myself to watch TV when I’m on the treadmill. Except when I’m watching football.
- Go to the library or a coffee shop to write.
- Exercise as soon as I get home from work.
I feel that it’s really important that I change my bad habits now before my husband and I move. I’m excited about moving from a townhouse in a very populated area to a single family home in the country but I’m not too thrilled about the 45 minute commute. Now my commute is 15 minutes so I’ll be loosing an extra hour per day. I tried listening to an audio book while driving but that was so distracting. Wish me luck!