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Excerpt Ageless Athletic Assassin: Page 231
TIME WASTED PER DAY - 6 HOURS
People are chronic procrastinators where we tend to delay finishing tasks by browsing mindlessly on forms of media called “visual crack” from our laptops, phones, tv, or games. The rise of technology has enhanced life, but has also taken away your precious time on non-value add activities.
In one of social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk’s speaking engagements, Gary asked the crowd “How many people waste 10 hours a day of their life?” 10% of people raise their hands. When Gary asked “How many people waste 6 hours a day?” then 80% of people raised their hands. That’s 42 hours a week which is the equivalent of a working week!
Time is money and Gary wants you to put a value on your time to reduce pursuing time-wasting activities. Ask yourself “How much is your time worth?” If you’re making $50 an hour, then by wasting 42 hours a week that is $2,000 a week’s worth of time you’re wasting or over $100,000 in time value wasted for the year. Over a span of 40 years, that is $4 million worth of time wasted. Think about what you could do with $4 million? Hopefully this motivates you to make better use of your time for your physical, mental, and financial wellness.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION - DOPAMINE
Remember you only need to exercise a minimum 3 hours a week to meet the World Health Organization’s health guideline - ensuring a balance of cardio and strength training. Only 23% of people worldwide meet this.
Time Waster: An alarming 2 hours a day are spent on social media as people kill time by scrolling to see their friends, frenemies, or celebrities - often times getting depressed as they are not having as much joy compared to their friends. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has even suggested a social media tax similar to that for cigarettes.
Dopamine: Social media apps provide people with short-term dopamine hits thru likes, comments, and views. If you haven’t yet realized, the phone is a “slot machine” that exploits your vulnerability psychologically for your addiction in social media’s “Attention Economy.”
Social Media Purge: As you enter different phases of your life, there will be friends who you need to eliminate from taking your precious time. To focus, I purged my Facebook and Linkedin by eliminating 1,000 connections from each platform who did not contribute positively to my personal and professional life. The process took time and was painful but got easier as I clicked delete because the simple question I asked was “Can I call this person right this second and have a great conversation where we each cared about each other?” If no, then I deleted them. With time as the most precious resource, purging unneeded connections will free up time to pursue your goals without haters or negative people being in your way.
WEBSITE ADDICTION - BROWSER BLOCKER
People have many go-to websites for sports, fashion, and world news - thus wasting time that could have spent on exercise or a productive task.
Website Blockers: website browsers now allow you to enter websites to block that will help you dedicate time for exercise and life productivity.
GAMING DISORDER - HIKIKOMORI
Video games are a time killer with the World Health Organization labelling “gaming” as a health disorder. With the rise of digital connections and elimination of physical interaction, many people are now more socially awkward - suffering a problem called “Hikikomori” which is the complete social withdrawal from real life into a virtual life. Gamers miss out on the beauty of nature, loving relationships and satisfaction of contributing to a better world, all for a fake life. If this sounds like you, cut down your gaming to get out and meet people who could be positive additions in your life.
ONLINE TV ADDICTION - BLOOD CLOTS & VTE
As of year 2018, you need to stop binge watching as 70% of online streaming subscribers watch 5 shows a day like it's their part time job. You can learn and laugh thru TV, but 35 hours of TV a week is overkill. Instead, cut back on TV to ensure you’re getting 3 hours of exercise each week. A 2015 study by the University of Minnesota revealed that people who binge-watch TV are likely to develop fatal blood clots in their legs.
VTE: Prolonged TV watching can increase the likelihood of developing Venous thromboembolism (VTE) because it’s harder for blood to return to other parts of the body due to continued sitting. VTE can travel through veins and lodge in the lungs, which can cause serious health complications. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60,000 to 100,000 Americans die from VTE annually.
TIME WASTED AT WORK - 2 HOURS
On the job, the average worker wastes 2 hours a day. According to a survey conducted by Sugarcookie, 59% of people waste company money watching porn on the job. In addition to porn, employees waste time online shopping, scheduling their online date, or playing mindless app games.
SAVE 1 HOUR A DAY
As mentioned, the World Health Organization’s guideline is 3 hours of exercise a week. Just cutting “1 hour” of your wasted time for 3 days each week can be used to perform cardio such as martial arts and power athletics with JustHuynh Fitness. More optimal is saving an additional 3 hours for weight lifting. This allows you to stay HEALTHY and PRODUCTIVE - no longer needing to pay the price of inactivity.