Another fine hot sunny Saturday afternoon in Silly Valley. Got a gazillion things to do but don’t feel like doing any of them, so I check out Twitter and find #IfIHad24HoursLeft trending. Realizing that tweeting is the last thing I want to be doing if time is running out, I go with this:
#IfIHad24HoursLeft I wouldn’t be doing this.
— Steve Tobak (@SteveTobak) August 11, 2018
That’s when it hits me: What an awesome test! Much of our time is committed to sleep and work. When it comes to what’s left – your discretionary time – ask yourself if you’d be doing what you’re doing if you had 24 hours left.
We have lots of sayings like “life is too short” and “live every day like it’s your last,” but none of them answer the fundamental question only you can answer: And do what exactly? The “if I had 24 hours left” test helps you do that whenever you’ve got free time.
Try it. It’s downright chilling how much time we waste doing mindless stuff we don’t even enjoy doing just to pass the time. But if you only have a day left, the last thing you want to do is pass the time, n’est ce pas?
Gotta go now; seems I have lots to do — that I actually want to do, btw. Oddly enough, that does include blogging, finishing up my second book and making a nice dinner for the wife. Think I’ll open a killer Pinot Noir, too. Yup, that’s a no brainer.
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