(L60) My Humanity or My Technology?

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.

 

 

 

(L30) How Much Is Television Really Costing You?

How much money won’t I have at age 70 if I keep watching TV? Is TV worth this?

For the past week, each day I have recorded the amount of time I have spent watching television. I had estimated that I would be watching around 15-20 hours of television a week; the total ended up being extremely close at 15 hours and 2 minutes. Now to calculate how much money I would be losing in this time, I decided to multiply 15 hours (a week) by 4; this left me with 60 hours a month lost to television. I then plugged this information into a compound interest calculator at $1200 dollars a month (assuming I would be making $20 an hour at the very least running my own business), with 53 years to grow at a 10% interest rate. (I am 17 years old right now, so in 53 years I will be 70 years old. Because the compound interest calculator does not accept $0 as a current principle, I was left to enter $1.) At this rate of television viewing, by the time I am 70 yeas old, I will have lost $22,355,756.67! Now that is a lot of money!

Exercises like this help people such as myself realize how valuable time really is, and more specifically, how much downtime will cost you in the long-run! Who needs a few hours of relaxation every night if you can spend the better portion of your life relaxing because you spent those extra hours working. Television is absolutely not worth the cost, however to be fair, I do find myself watching more sermons, speeches, and outreach missions than meaningless television shows. I use the majority of my television time to learn, and expand my understandings of The Bible and God’s world around me. This learning time is important to me; it has a lot of value to me in an informational sense, as well as a relaxation sense. There will always be trade offs between time and money throughout each persons lifetime; value however is subjective, and so this is a decision each person needs make for themselves.