TEMPUS FUGIT, CARPE TEMPUS
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
My apologies for the perhaps faulty Latin but I think it is appropriate for this blog.The world in which we live now seems to be like the title of the Beatle's song "Helter Skelter". We are constantly simulated by conflicting inputs throughout our days and nights. Breaking News!, Breaking Whatever! saturates us throughout our days as we fall victim to the electronic devices we now find indispensible and borderline addictive.
Here is an experiment I would like you to make. Starting tomorrow every time you look at, respond to or use your "smart?"phone start a stopwatch and record the time it deprives you of what you are or were doing. Run a continuous cumulative total by letting the time accumulate and restarting the stopwatch when it runs out of time if it has a restriction of that function. If you need to restart the clock running write down the time accumulated so you can make a daily total. If you are someone who normally leaves your phone on when you sleep do not add that time unless you answer it or use its alarm function. Do this for three days then average the daily times.
Now, If I may borrow or steal a phrase from Jonathon Swift I will suggest "A Modest Proposal". Select two one hour periods of your day when you are not sleeping and turn the phone off. Separate them to different periods of your day rather than running them together. Make note of what you accomplish during these "timeouts".
I will be very interested in your feedback and comments as to what it causes in your daily routines.