When I was 16, my dentist scolded me for not flossing. Rather than take responsibility for my laziness, I responded by saying “I don’t have time to floss.” In my defense, I was in the middle of gymnastics season and was really busy. I got home from practice at 7 p.m. every night and had a lot of homework.
But since I somehow had time to watch Friends reruns, I’m pretty sure I had time for basic dental hygiene. My dentist obviously didn’t buy the “I don’t have time” excuse and guilt tripped me into flossing regularly.
Now that I’m 27 and in the middle of marathon training, I often feel like I don’t have “enough time” to achieve simple tasks (don’t worry – I floss my teeth nearly every day). Yet, I spent four hours in two nights watching the Bachelor. THE BACHELOR. Ugh.
After wasting four hours of my life watching Sean make out and tell each girl how “special” she is, I realized how much of my life I waste watching bad TV and going on Facebook. I don’t have a ton of free time, so I need to make the time I do have count. And I need to start making guilty pleasures, like the Bachelor, the exception rather than the rule — at least during the work week when my personal time is limited.
I started wondering how much more I would get done and how much more sleep I would get during the work week if I turned off that stupid TV and Facebook feed. So I’m going to give it a shot starting today and eliminate Facebook and TV Monday-Thursday night. We’ll see how it goes! Maybe those pesky chores I’ve been avoiding will somehow get done. Or maybe I’ll just find new time sucks, like Sudoku or Pinterest.