Originally Posted On January 18, 2016
In my last post, I told a story of how I was affected making last-minute changes when feeling rushed for time with the underlying message being, "Take your time and try to make decisions when you aren't feeling rushed/pressured". That got me thinking about time, in general, and about how much time I waste on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
If you don't have a financial budget, chances are you don't have control of your finances. But even those of you with a financial budget, how strong is your grasp on controlling time? Mine could certainly be better. In this long weekend, I've helped a friend with a woodworking project, hit the gym twice, visited the house and taken some measurements in preparation for moving in, and started packing, but I've also spent several hours almost every day in front of Netflix with nothing to show for it!
Do Something Great Or Watch TV?
When I was a child, my expectations for future me were to be great and life-changing. But being a couch potato with my free time is the equivalent of killing past me's hopes for current me! I owe it to past me to make something of myself. So starting today, to make past me and future me proud, I'm enacting a TV budget on myself - no more than 4 hours a week!
While I'm normally fairly active with my free time, this budget will help push me to do something productive and inspire growth during my 'lazy' weekends - helping me to become the person I wanted/want to be. But it doesn't have to end there with just budgeting my TV time. I believe that budgeting my time, as a whole, will prioritize what is important to me and my life will shape itself to match that pie chart's mold!
4-13-15 Edit: Ever since instating this TV budget on myself, I've found myself goofing off a lot less and working harder than ever before. It's been a fulfilling experience, doing something in my free time that's rewarding. I'm glad I've cut out the TV like I have. Has this blurb inspired anyone to cut out a time-wasting activity? If so, let me know what great thing you'll be doing with your free time!