Upon looking at my twitter feed this morning, I saw an update about a band I really like that read something like ”New Track Streaming Here”... So I clicked the link. I then went to the website that hosted the news about the album which features collaborations from someone I haven’t heard of. So, of course, I click their link. From there I see this new artist is featured in an upcoming film that looks interesting, so I click the link. After watching the trailer, I saw a row of other movie trailers lining the sides of my computer screen, so naturally, I started opening new tabs from what looked interesting. And after repeating this slow turning process, I notice that half an hour has gone by and I have yet to listen to the new song that started this whole journey which is still waiting patiently in tab one.
I stopped suddenly, and had to admit that in all honesty, I am a junkie for content.
After a few moments of self-embarrassment at the realization of losing thirty minutes of my life, I decided to look deeper into this moment and noticed that these rabbit holes I so often find myself in, not only affect my work and productivity, but the way I think in real life on a day to day basis.
More days than not, I listen to a podcast called Back To Work. The host, Merlin Mann once said “You don’t put trash in valuable places at home, so why on earth would you put it in your mind?” This really speaks to me. To understand that my brain has only a certain amount of bandwidth, and that there is only so much space up there, I realize that I do fill it with a lot of stuff that doesn’t belong, and therefor, I don’t have enough “space” for something that might be a lot more useful or productive in the long-term.
See, the greatest challenge we face in our struggle to maintain our time with wisdom always comes down to a choice. The television, Facebook, Pinterest and every Tumblr feed you have ever seen all have one very important thing in common.
They are easy.
In boredom, high-stress situations or the after work fog of the day we have the option of doing something like walking the dog, cooking a nice dinner, reading a book to sleep or working hard on a DIY project, but instead, we take the easy path. The remote controller is half the weight of a hammer, and it shows in where your thoughts, time and attention are truly spent if you step back and look at it. We consume without creating, and in turn we lose time, energy and start dealing out emotional connections to things that don’t deserve it, and lost precious moments that should be spent elsewhere.
So now is the hard part. The time of taking action in a moments time. Deciding to shut the computer, and step outside, and let the things around you inspire something bigger than a distraction. Lets create a world we love, rather than submitting to an imaginary world that exists only on the screen.
Lets be sober of our bad habits, and create something gorgeous with our life.