I can’t tell you how many people I see, both online and in my personal life, who constantly complain that they have no time to get the things that they need to do, or that they want to do, done. They whine long and loud that life is just too busy, that there isn’t enough time in the day, yet I watch those same people doing things that, frankly, are a complete waste of time.
I don’t think they are conscious of it, which is why they spend so much time complaining and so little time actually accomplishing things. And these same people are the ones who tell me that they have no idea how I get so much done during the day.
Well, I’ll tell you. Before I even get out of bed in the morning, I have a plan. I have prioritized what I need to get done during the day. I know what needs to be accomplished and in what order those things need to be accomplished in. I know what needs to be done right now and what can wait. And low priority things never get done until the high priority ones are complete. Work always comes before fun. That’s where I think people entirely miss the boat.
See, I know someone who complains that she can never finish her work, yet I watch her constantly checking Facebook and Twitter on her phone throughout the day. She must spend hours doing that. Of course she can’t get anything worthwhile done, she’s wasting time on unimportant nonsense! I’ve got a good friend who, again, can never get what he wants done during the day, but every single day, without fail, he goes on a long walk to the store so he can buy a smoothie. This takes up at least an hour, maybe 2 hours of his day. But he can’t figure out why he’s constantly behind. Well duh! And these are just two examples out of many, many that I see on a daily basis. I mean, that friend told me that he was going to stay home from San Diego Comicon this year because he just didn’t have time, he had too much to do. But you know what? He ended up making an excuse and driving 5 hours round-trip so he could “stop at the con” for 2 hours. Yes, he has a pro pass, like I do, he could go for free, but he just blew more than 7 hours of time to go to a convention that he already knew he didn’t have time for. Yet he complains about having no time.
I really don’t get people like that. Now if they worked for me, they wouldn’t get away with it. I had someone who literally could not stay off her phone for 5 minutes, she had to constantly check social media and was completely incapable of focusing on her work tasks. She didn’t last long. She got written up for not meeting expectations, then she started going to the bathroom 4-5x per hour so she could keep up on Facebook in there. It was just pathetic. She lost her job because she had no self-control. She couldn’t prioritize work over play. These people are unfortunately all too common. They need help.
So how about you? How do you prioritize your time so that you get things done, or do you? Let me know in the comments. I fear that our society is going to hell in a social media handbasket, that people no longer care about accomplishing something if it means putting pleasure off until their free time. I find that terribly sad, don’t you?