You wake up and check your phone. Emails, tweets, instagram likes and comments, facebook updates, oh and those archaic sms text messages. Your a bit late so you hurriedly shower, skip the granola breakfast bar, grab the first shirt in your closet even thought its not your favorite, grab your keys and your out the door.
The rest of the day is a blur of work, and come home you consume endless amounts of stuff in the form of tv, movies, games, and apps and suddenly realize your a year older than you were yesterday. You just fell asleep, floated down the river and were awakened by your feet scraping against a low lying tree branch. Wake up.
I’ve got gtd figured out. It’s really simple. Here’s what you do…
- Spend an entire minute not doing anything. You are more than the sum of facebook and instagram likes and comments, retweets, blog posts and check-ins. Spend time just living in your own human flesh and bones. If you are so courageous, go a week without your phone. WTF?!?! A week? Yes, see if you can put your phone down for a week. What if someone ______ ? What if that life ending, world halting scenario actually happened and you in fact didn’t have your phone for a week? Think of the worst possible scenario. Actually, don’t. That could end up being a really depressing thought experiment. Especially if you are a particularly creative and/or cynical person. [disclaimer: I know there are some situations where having phone access is crucial. I’m not anti-phone or technology. I am actually very pro-said-tools. I am just more pro-sweat, hand shakes, sunshine, and live music.] Spend a minute sitting and not planning your next move. I would have said a larger amount of time but you have to start somewhere. You can’t be still an hour without being still for a minute first.
- Answer this question: “What would be the best way for me to spend my time today.” After that minute passes, and your mind clears (take longer if your mind is still running 90 miles an hour).What if all of your digital self disappeared tonight and tomorrow you woke up and got on with life? Those emails, tweets, instagram likes and comments, facebook updates, oh and those archaic sms text messages. Gone. Your still here, so now what? All of that stuff is ephemeral. BEFORE YOU JUMP STRAIGHT TO THE COMMENTS AND UNLEASH YOUR DIGITAL LOVING FURY … I mean that remark in the sense that everything is ephemeral. Nothing is mean to last forever except out souls. Digital stuff and physical stuff, bits and atoms. All ephemeral. Keeping that in mind, decide on the best way to spend your day. (suggestion: think about what you have always wanted to do, say writing, reading, music, creating, designing, building, make a realistic time to realize that desire, and use that do make your decision.)
- Do it.