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The High Cost of Wasting Time - A New Way to Break Bad Habits
How are you doing with the things you wanted to accomplish this year?
One of the reasons that the year seems to go so quickly is because of habits. When you have routines the brain merges your experiences into the same memory. This makes life feel like it is passing faster.
Human nature is the concept that there are a set of characteristics, including ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving, that all 'normal' human beings have in common. Creating the life that you want often means going against the tendencies of human nature.
A perfect example of this is a gym membership. Every New Year hordes of people join a gym. The average gym membership (USA) costs just under $60 per month. Buy an amazing 67% of memberships go unused.
Some habits are more expensive than they appear. According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
According to a 2020 study we watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube videos a day, more than Netflix and Facebook videos combined. 70% of YouTube views come from mobile devices. The average mobile viewing session lasts more than 40 minutes.
Of all of the bad habits, this is perhaps the most insidious. Binge-watching and screen addiction steals time. Even cutting back one hour a day will give you time to:
- Spend time with friends/family
- Take a healthy walk
- Work on a side business
Time is our most valuable commodity. It's truly priceless because you are unable to buy more. Once lost, it can never be replenished. Many feel stressed, and unfulfilled at the end of the day because they are not accomplishing the important goals and tasks that were set.
A palliative care study revealed the most common 'deathbed regrets'. A few worth considering were:
- "I wish I didn't wait to "start it tomorrow."
Excuses are plentiful because they're so easy to make. You will always find reasons to validate your inaction, and this is a common cause of deathbed regret. The things you want to do tomorrow can effortlessly turn into things you wish you did decades ago.