Say you have a day off work to study.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll start the day with an unfeasibly optimistic plan such as: start work at 7am; write 2,000 words of assignment; complete reading for next assignments; go for run; make salad etc.
However (again if you’re anything like me), your day will probably look more like the following:
8:00: get coffee
8:05: check Facebook, Twitter, emails, BBC news
8:15: write essay title at top of page
8:17: check Facebook, Twitter, emails, BBC news
8:19: watch T-Mobile video of Royal Wedding
8:20: watch it again
8:25: get out textbook and open to right page. Read same paragraph three times.
8:30: Have break. Check Twitter and Facebook. Look at photos of kittens asleep with piglets.
8:35: Play Angry Birds
10:30: Feel sick and disgusted with self for addiction with Angry Birds. Vow to take just one more shot at that wooden rafter, which if I could just hit in the right spot would totally bring the whole house down. DAMN YOU PIGS. AND STOP LAUGHING!
10:45: Think to self: really must work now.
10:46: Shut down Angry Birds in fit of productivity.
10:47: Check Facebook, Twitter, emails, BBC news. Read article on how the Dyson was invented. Think ‘James Dyson was really inspirational. I wish I was hardworking like him.’
10:48: Check Facebook, Twitter, emails, BBC news. Rewatch T-Mobile Royal Wedding.
11:00: Write the word ‘introduction’ at the top of brand new notebook. Stare into space.
11:15: Break for snack and coffee.
And so on. You get my point.
While the above is possibly a slight exaggeration, it is disturbingly close to the truth. I pride myself on never channel hopping or letting daytime TV drain away hours of my life; but instead I am happy to spend my time compulsively refreshing a website which is possibly even less rewarding than watching The Jeremy Kyle show.
I end the day with that faint shiver of self disgust: I know I could have done so much more.
So it’s got to go. I’m determined to be more productive. This is my new plan:
No Facebook, no Twitter and no unnecessary internet usage for the next month (until 22nd April).
(I will keep blogging though 🙂
I’ll report back and let you know what other time-wasting activity I have devised!