Pictured above is my first go at a craigslist ad (for my laptop). I decided to keep it short, sweet and enticing. First, I listed all of the advantages of this product. Then, I reasserted the idea that this would be a good buy by offering additional services such as delivery, and price cuts. I offered a good product at a fair price paired with flexibility and great customer service. This was an attempt to guarantee both a sale, and a happy willing-to-return customer.
I could have chosen to ramble on with opinionated descriptions, however I found it most effective to give the facts and advantages, and leave the rest to the consumer. I was also adamant that the more service I was able to pair with the product for sale, the better. (This included the ability to barter.)
I decided not to leave the ad up. Mostly just because I was not actually selling the laptop and there was no use in wasting other people’s time. However, had it remained active, I am most certain I would have gotten some offers.
Which three time-allocation changes could increase my productivity the most. Why?
The top three things I could change in terms of unproductive time use are over-sleeping, technology, and technology.
Now, I do understand that I provided 2 unproductive habits, rather than three. But, the amount of wasted time that I can dedicate to electronics deserves two slots in this essay. The reason being: I am addicted. I honestly do not have very much free time and when I do, I use it sleeping or watching television.
I am absolutely more likely to get more free time in each day if I ‘budget’ my sleeping habits to the necessary amount. Sleeping early and rising early would give me a leg up on my responsibilities; my energy levels however may not match those of that when I sleep on my own bodies schedule. This change in energy may also cost me some amount of productivity. (It is very hard for me to sleep early and rise early. I am quite the night owl, and mornings are just about the bane of my existence.)
Technology is not my only habit of relaxation, but it the only habit which can be labeled unproductive. I love to knit, bead/make jewelry and trinkets, and write. Sometimes I even do these things while I watch TV (because otherwise I get bored). However, I find myself at all hours of the day and the night on my iPad. My laptop. My cellphone (when I still had an iPhone at least). Sometimes I am so plugged in that I wish someone would pour water on me and make me short circuit back into the real world.
Thousands of hours lost to oversleeping and screen-based products. Imagine the things I could buy if I spent those hours working. Or the things I would know had I spent those hours learning. Not to mention all the skills I could have mastered if I spent that time training. And from all of these things, I can merely conclude that I have cost myself the most precious thing of all, time. Time to meet new people and build lasting relationships. Time to help others, and heal the world. I have lost time that I owe the Lord; time that should have been spent with praise, thanks and love.
I have lost enough time to realize that I have just about lost my humanity, but not so much that I cannot reclaim the time to come.