How to Tell if Something is Worth Your Time, Fun Fact, and Goals Update

It’s been said many times (including by me) that we don’t find time to write (or do whatever it is that we want to do), we make time. But how can we make time when so often, our days are so full?

One way is to eliminate activities that don’t contribute to the things that are important to us, and when faced with a particular activity, ask whether–and how much–it does contribute. Β I might ask myself, does this enhance a relationship? Am I learning something? Is it getting my novel written, or giving me a new/more practiced skill I can use in my day job? If not, I think of how I can eliminate that task, or at least reduce the amount of time I spend there. You can guess where housework falls on that continuum. πŸ˜€ Same with much of what’s on TV, or playing level after level of computer games. But taking a break to play Candy Crush for five minutes can be some much-needed downtime. So if you’re trying to eke out a few more minutes here and there for something that’s important to you, see where you can eliminate time spent on something that’s not!

My Town Monday Fun Fact

Wright Flyer IIIEven though I’m posting this on Sunday, many people don’t read until Monday, so I figured why not keep up the My Town Monday Fun Fact? Here’s this week’s: Many people think that the only mobile National Historic Landmark is the San Francisco Cable Cars. Not true! There are others, and one of those is right here in Dayton. It’s the Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane. Built by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1905, it’s the first Flyer that could turn, make circles, and fly in the more variable winds we have here in Ohio. And even though it’s a National Historic Landmark, and part of the National Park System, you can see it today: it’s housed at Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park, which is operated by Dayton History, and unaffected by the government shutdown.

ROW80 Goals Update

ROW80Logo175My goals for this past week were:

  • Finish sketching out/outlining first quarter of WIP – Done!
  • Keep up with lessons and homework for Promotions workshop – Done!
  • Refine layout of product listing page and individual product page for web site – Partial
  • Fitness 4 times – No

I am going to keep those same goals this week, and try to outline/sketch out the second quarter of the WIP.

What about you – do you sometimes struggle to find–I mean, make–time for the things that are important to you? Which activities would you like to eliminate? Did you know the Wright Flyer III is a mobile National Historic Landmark? How are you doing on your goals, whatever they may be? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. In my opinion there is no bigger waste of time than watching TV shows. ARGH! If there was anything worth watching, it would be one thing. If I am home alone in the evening, I turn on the TV for three minutes, long enough to scroll through all 185 channels my husband has to have on the satellite dish, and then I can turn the TV off for another day.

    The one activity which wastes a lot of my time is surfing the internet. If I read your blog about the Wright brothers, I am tempted to spend the next two hours reading everything about them that I can on the web.

  2. Chris, I am soooooo with you about TV! (And my husband is like yours LOL.) Also with you on surfing the ‘net, though that can often be justified because we’re learning something. The trick is drawing the line between learning something useful, and just storing away trivial (and sometimes inaccurate) knowledge. Reading and commenting on blogs is something I consider worthwhile because that’s networking and building relationships, and I often learn something too, so I appreciate your comment!

  3. I find that Facebook is a terrible time suck. I have it to keep up with my family (brothers, cousins (and cousins-once-removed), nephews, and people I used to work with, but every time I sign in, I’m there at least half an hour. I check it every day because I don’t want to miss something, but I wish groups worked the same way on it as they do Twitter, where you can limit what you see to just those people you add to the group. Maybe it’s available now, I don’t know.

  4. John, I have the same problem with Facebook, enough that I only go there a couple times a week! That would be nice if we could group our friends there, too. I need to do that with Twitter, because I avoid it even more!

  5. Thanks for the interesting post. I am new to this world of writing and examining what is worth spending my time on in order to have more time to write. I appreciated your insights πŸ™‚

  6. I used to never watch TV then decided I did need to move away from the computer and do other stuff – craft/sewing/crochet had all gone missing from my life now I do set aside at least 2 hours in the evening to do these things with the tv 9it is a struggle to find stuff to watch! but I have videos to re-watch so have opera or documentary on.

    I have my ‘friends/family/neighbours’ in a seperate group so if I dont have time for facebook per se I just look in the group to keep up with them, dont need to scroll through every thing else:)

    all the best for the week:)

  7. does this enhance a relationship? Am I learning something? <– great questions. Now that I've added promotion to my tasks, I feel like I'm losing focus and losing myself to the black hole. Ugh! It looks like you've started the round beautifully. Well done.

  8. Mandy, thanks, and good luck with your writing!

    Alberta, amazing how we can have over a hundred channels on TV and nothing worth watching, isn’t it? Thank goodness for the ability to record! And I agree, we do need to get away from the computer sometimes.

    SJ, I found promotion to be a black hole and a time suck, and overall not effective! Good luck finding focus, and thanks!

  9. Facebook… Google +… Basically all social media sucks a lot of time out of my day. And it’s not like the games I play on my computer. I can play a game of Civ or Age of Empires and feel like I’ve relaxed (or sometimes learned a new strategy for my stories), but after a half hour of social media, even if I do learn something new or find some cool articles… I feel stressed out and tired. And yet obsessed too…because clearly I’m “getting something from it” and I feel wrong not being social.

    Yeah… I get exactly what you’re saying here, Jennette.

    Your goals are looking pretty good. Sounds like you need a bit more encouragement for the fitness one. One way to look at that one is that being fit and exercising is a great way to make the brain work better and be more creative. So the exercise might actually help with the writing too.

  10. I love TV, always have! I hate ironing (and most housework), but since it eventually has to get done, I console myself by watching a movie on TV as I iron. πŸ™‚ I think I wouldn’t mind vacuuming if there was a small TV attached to it. Thanks for the fun fact–it was new to me!

  11. I agree that we have to make the time rather than trying to find the time. One of my biggest time wasters is getting involved in other people’s projects! I just finished my second year of running a fundraising event for a historical society. In a neighboring town, not even my own! They needed help, I knew I could do the job, next thing I know there goes hours and hour of my time for months of planning.

    And I *did not* know that about the Wright Flyer III. Very cool tidbit!

    Keep up the good work on your goals. It looks like you’re making good progress. Happy writing!

  12. LOL Eden – I feel the same way about playing computer games, guilty for not being social, but it’s downtime I need! The trick is not to take too much of it. My fitness goals kind of faltered because I’ve had some minor health issues, trying to work on that.

    Coleen, adding something fun to something that has to be done is always the best way to get it done! That’s why the treadmill is the only fitness routine I’ve ever been able to keep up – because I can read!

    Kim, I would find it hard to turn down the historical society! But for fundraising, yeah, maybe, because I’m so not good at those. But other activities where I might learn something, yeah, that’d be tough to say no to.

  13. Once again you’ve address a topic that so many of us can relate to. Time is hard to come by. Like Coleen, I enjoy television. I actually find it sparks ideas, as does exercise – believe it or not. I will fold and sort laundry while watching television. Sometimes I’ll pick up a room or whatever else needs to be done. I can’t sit still. That is a waste of precious time and I have so little of it. Unless, of course, the husband wants me to sit with him. Then I’m investing my time differently when I’m watching television. I’m investing in our relationship, because he’s a be television nut and watching shows together means a lot to him. Most of the time I’m running around for the kids. That’s what moms do. You know.