The wasting of time: this is a topic that comes up not infrequently with some of my friends. They happen to be of a certain mindset that is very productive. They also have children, which means they are much busier than I am. To them, the wasting of time is anathema. Also, they seem to consider many things that I enjoy to be a time waste. For example: Facebook or blogs. I am not actually on Facebook very often, but obviously, I have this blog. And I enjoy reading other blogs. Am I wasting my time? Possibly.
As I was discussing this topic with the husband, I acknowledged that it is possible that I don’t really possess the amount of time that I spend on the computer. I posted on my blog four times last week. Did I really have the time to spare to do that? If you took a tour of my house right now, you would answer that question with a resounding “No!”. And I’m not being one of those perfectionists, whose house is really not that bad. The kitchen is destroyed, but less so that it was two days ago. And the clothing situation in the master bedroom has gotten so bad that I am tempted to stuff most of what I own into black garbage bags and donate it. (The husband is hyperventilating while reading this!) So, why do I do it? I’m not entirely sure. I think it’s because I get something out of this sharing and reading about other people’s lives and projects. But maybe I’m just fooling myself and the answer is as simple as plain old narcissism. I hope not, but I am realistic enough to know that it’s a possibility.
While I respect my friends’ opinions and I’m not in any way offended by them, I think that right now, I disagree. This is not a waste of my time, because I get something out of it. I’m sure that if I had a child to raise, my opinion might change about this. Certainly, this blog would move quite far down on the priority list. And maybe it needs to anyway. After all, it’s my job to keep this house looking presentable. And if I worked for someone who didn’t get fringe benefits, I would be fired by now. 😉
Is time wasting something you talk about with friends and family? In relation to blogging or to life in general? Where do you come down on the issue? Is all wasting of time bad? Or is it good sometimes as a form of relaxation? Is blogging a waste of time? Is Facebook? Enquiring minds want to know!