19 March, 2010

Write a Language!

Seth Godin suggests things that we could do instead of watch TV:
  • Run a little store on eBay
  • Write a daily blog
  • Write a novel
  • Start an online community about your favorite passion
  • Go to meetups in your town
  • Volunteer to tutor a kid, in person or online
  • Learn a new language, verbal or programming
  • Write hand written thank you notes each evening to people who helped you out or did a good job
  • Produce small films and publish them online
  • Listen to the one thousand most important operas
  • Read a book or two every evening
  • Play a game of Scrabble with your family
I like the list... Too often an evening is idly wasted. Idleness: adj - Not in use or operation. I think one of the greatest ways satan distracts us is through idleness. One of the things I heard at a conference I attended recently was that we do have time to do everything we should, it's about taking control of your time and using it well. 

I am not talking about cheesy time utilization skills that turn you into a rapid multitasker that uses stop lights to do your nails or make a phone call to your dentist... But, as a challenge, track your time for one week. Honestly, maybe in 15 minutes or half an hour increments and just see what comes. You can easily knock out 8 hours for work - but do you use your lunch break for something? Do you read or work out or write a letter to a friend? And how much time do you spend at home idle?

I was watching a TV show (I know!) with my dad the other night and there was this 80 year old widow who, for the last 15 years, had gotten up at 5:30 in the morning and cooked lots and lots of food! She makes a gourmet meal for the Meals on Wheels in her city, and then she cooked food and whoever wanted lunch could show up at her house and be fed. But she went from 5:30 until 10:30 at night, just to get up and do it again tomorrow. 

The point: I think the more you give, the more you have. If you focus your energies outward and are doing something that stimulates your mind, uses your body and puts the emphasis on someone else - the energy will come.

I think we are made to be in use - mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally. We are not meant to be isolated and idle. But we are! We loose so much time in the day.  

So keep track and then figure out what else you could be doing to be productive, and, possibly, affect someone else. 

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