Sometimes I feel like my conversation day to day are simply a game of "Who is busier?" Quite frankly, it's driving me a little nuts. I have yet to meet ONE person who has said, "Life is really calm and there's just not much going on right now."
The average, AVERAGE, American spends 3 hours a day browsing and engaging social media with 18-34 year olds coming close to 4 hours/day.
According to an article in NY Daily News citing a Nielsen poll, the average American will watch 5 hours of TV/day, and the aforementioned 18-34 year old demographic is right about 3.6 hours/day.
So I'll ask the question, are we really that busy?
I mean...is EVERYONE THAT BUSY?
Let me break this down for you real quick like...
56 hours sleeping/week
50 hours working
IF the above stats are true...52 ish hours/week on social media/TV
Which would leave 9 hours/week for family, friends, driving, church, social activities, showering, eating, cleaning etc.
I'll ask the question again...are we really that busy? Or maybe we just are terrible time managers.
I know that most people say that they can multi task, or they just check social media on the toilet (me). But, let's get real, we are crazy about media (music, online, TV) and it's not getting better. We aren't busy, we just fear stillness and silence so we are filling our days with to much nonsense and not enough common sense (not the rapper...the actual thing).
I have been kind of crazy lately about time and money budgeting in my life. I have been giving every 15-30 minute interval of my day something to do. If I get that thing done early, then I have given myself 3-5 minutes to check social media if I dare say. Can I shoot you straight? Best thing I have ever done to reclaim my life. Seriously. I turned off all notifications on my phone. My email doesn't tell me when I have one. I ask it (Fetch Manual vs Push...which has done wonders for my battery BTW). I set aside about 1-2 hours/day to respond to emails and let everyone know to call my cell phone if I need to handle it before that. I have been getting done with my days and can see all that I accomplished.
And then write a blog about it and post it on social media...I get the irony.
Just like with money, once I started budgeting my time, honestly, I no longer feel "busy," I feel productive, efficient, and in control. Do I have a lot going on? Yes. I'm a happily married father of 4 kids 7 and under who works a full time job on top of pastoring a church I helped start 4 years ago who also enjoys playing and watching basketball, working out, and seeing my friends. How does it all get done? I tell my time what's up now, it doesn't tell me. My life was spinning out of control with busyness and things were slipping. No more.
So, can we all just cut it with the "I'm busy" talk and get back being productive? Can we all say this out loud, "I spend too much time online and not enough time off it"? Can we all stop making an idol out of busyness? From a Christian perspective, I think the enemy has made his way into our hearts and minds. He has made us think we are too busy. And we are not. We have made ourselves that way.