Death By A Thousand 15 Minute Cuts

I had a conversation with my mom recently. She praised my self-discipline. Yes, I do get up every day to go out for a minimum 45 minute walk (as of this writing I’ve been doing it since 1/1/21 and it’s 9/21/21).

But I responded, “I don’t feel very disciplined!”

I don’t. I feel like I play whack-a-mole with my disciplines. If I’m knocking it out of the park in one area, then other areas are suffering.

Part of this is sheer limitations due to time and commitment.

But another part of it is being efficient and focused with my time. Regardless of when I get up in the morning, I will also waste the first 15 minutes checking social media vs. getting right out to stretch and go for my run.

Then there’s an additional 15 minutes or so later in the morning when I pull out my phone to check a text and end up in another spiral.

I’ll stop there. You have your own version of this, whether it’s your phone and social media or your phone and YouTube or the couch and Netflix or CNN or Fox or Newsmax or ESPN or whatever.

Death by a thousand 15 minute cuts. We say we don’t have time, but most of us leave 2 hours a day, minimum, on the table. And that doesn’t include an hour for watching a show with your spouse or kids at the end of the day.

Maybe I’m wrong and I’m the only one.

But I doubt it. I’m pretty sure you do this too. And we’re slowly falling behind on accomplishing goals, reading books, learning skills, making calls, adding to our bank accounts, and building our value in the workplace, with friends, and with family.

All 15 minutes at a time.

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