Where Do You Spend Your Time?

Observing where you spend your time can tell you what you value most in life.

If you’re content with your life, you’re likely spending much of your time engaged in activities related to what you value most.

Conversely, if you’re feeling off-balance, a look at how you spend your discretionary time could reveal time misspent.

Perhaps you spend a lot of time on social media. This could be because you love computers and phone apps. But to me, your habit suggests that you value human interaction.

I'm so grateful that social media is available to us so that we can keep in touch with our friends and family who are far away. But if I value human interaction, a laptop or a mobile device isn't enough.

My answer, although not as convenient as opening an app on my cell phone, works for me. I look for opportunities to interact with people wherever I go. I don’t walk up to strangers, introduce myself and ask them about their day. But, if I’m standing in line behind a mom, I might compliment her on how well-mannered her child is. If my latte is particularly good, I might ask the barista how she learned to craft such an excellent cup of coffee.

These are only moments, that’s true. But I’m new to this city, and I haven’t met many people yet. I will, though. And until my network grows, I will talk to many of the people I encounter throughout my day as if I already knew them. Not intruding. Not invading their personal space. 

Just a simple interaction. With a real person. No tools required.

Where do you spend the bulk of your time?