So I’ve been talking a lot lately about all the ridiculous things I do to waste my time, which I don’t have much of to begin with, and I’ve found some new ways to get some most of that time back. If you’re like me, you might be interested in some of the practical things I’ve done (sadly, and rather pathetically, no less than 99% of my time wasting was done entirely on the internet).Here’s what I did:
1. I killed my Facebook account.
Unbelievably, I was wasting a hell of a lot of time on Facebook. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. I would keep the website open on my computer all day while I was working and constantly, almost mindlessly, flip back to it a hundred times a day to “check” it - like there was some important thing to “keep up” with.
The fact is - there’s very, very little on Facebook worth spending any time on. I would look at peoples pictures and judge them. I’d see their status updates and make fun of them in my mind. I would look at my old high school friends and think about how fat they’ve gotten and how good I still look. I would hide people from my news feed, silently calling them losers in my mind as I did it.
I know, I know, I’m a total asshole. That’s part of the problem.
So I did what I call the “Hardcore Delete” - I went through and individually deleted all my photo albums, videos, notes, links, information - everything. Then I de-friended everybody one-by-one. No going back.
2. I deleted tons of apps on my iPhone.
I used to have this insane problem (that, if we’re honest, most of us with iPhones have) where I would pull my phone out of my pocket and check about 8-10 different apps every time I had one single free second in my day. Waiting in lines. Sitting at a stoplight. Waiting on pictures to upload. Sometimes I would do it even when I didn’t have a free second to spare. It was getting out of hand.
So went through and just got rid of a bunch of dumb stuff. I kept Twitter and Instagram because they take about 10 seconds to look at and then I’m done - and yes, it is nice to have something to take your mind off of work and life a couple times a day. But those two apps don’t take up more time than I’m willing to give them.
Here’s what my phone looks like now. Very refreshing to see such little clutter on there. There’s just nothing much to do anymore. Feels good.
3. I got rid of my entire bookmarks bar on my laptop.
I used to have this stupid list of websites that I would brainlessly go to all day long, like it was my job to make sure I stayed up on anything and everything that was happening. I had them all listed in my bookmarks bar and for some reason I felt like I couldn’t close the computer unless I had clicked all of them at least once.
I would list them all here but I’d hate to get anyone else into them like I was. Let’s just say there were quite a few - not to mention all the links and videos I’d click to from Facebook. But then I realized what they are - just websites.
I had a lot of websites I’d go to.
Man, what a dumb thing to burn my life away on. Websites.
So here’s what my internet browser looks like now.
Simple. I do what I need to do and that’s it. If I want to go to some dumb website I have to type it in manually like a caveman - which is enough of a hassle to just not fool with it.
So there you have it. The easiest way to get more free time is to create more free time. People talk about how busy and tired they are, but until you do some of the things on this list, that’s not going to change much.
Now I pull out my phone and realize I’ve got nothing to do on it. Then I open up my computer and suddenly I don’t have anything I need to look at on the internet. Then I look up at the wall and go ride my bike like a real live human being with a soul.