Posts Tagged ‘wasted time’

An alarming statistic on how much time emails and web browsing take out of our work

July 28, 2019

A 2012 McKinsey study found that the average knowledge worker now spends more than 60% of the workweek engaged in electronic communication and Internet searching, with close to 30% of a worker’s time dedicated to reading and answering e-mail alone.

This state of fragmented attention cannot accommodate deep work, which requires long periods of uninterrupted thinking.

— The above comes from an awesome book that I am reading, titled Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.

I hereby replace wasted hours each day with activities toward a new goal

May 11, 2019

After watching a wonderfully inspirational talk by Arnold Schwarzenegger, I reflected on how much time I spend each day on (what I deem to be) wasted activities. I was shocked when I added up the time that I spend watching TV, watching YouTube (which is essentially TV), and repeatedly checking news websites: 3 hours each day, oftentimes more. Eek! Is that how I want to spend my life, mindlessly watching TV and YouTube, and getting frustrated and stressed out by the news reports? No!

I hereby set a goal for myself. I hereby replace those 3 wasted hours each day with activities that bring me closer to my goal.

Goal: I want to perform the Olympic weightlifting snatch movement, lifting my body weight. This movement requires a great deal of mobility, strength, and speed. My mobility/flexibility is appallingly limited due to many years spent glued to a computer station. I have never really focused on speed, so I am starting at ground zero. As for strength, I’ve got a long way to go to lift my body weight.

I am pumped up. For a long time, I felt like I was drifting aimlessly in life. This goal now gives me direction and purpose in life.