Creators do not ask how much time something takes but how much creation it costs. This interview, this letter, this trip to the movies, this dinner with friends, this party, this last day of summer. How much less will I create unless I say “no?” A sketch? A stanza? A paragraph? An experiment? Twenty lines of code? The answer is always the same: “yes” makes less. We do not have enough time as it is. There are groceries to buy, gas tanks to fill, families to love and day jobs to do.
There’s been an explosion of great television in recent years. Breaking Bad. Arrested Development. House of Cards. And yet I can barely keep my butt in a chair for one episode.
It’s not that they don’t grip me. They do. But that’s why I can’t keep watching. Because I know the cost.
Sure, 45 minutes here and there won’t kill me. And sure I spend a lot of time dicking around on the internet. But if I commit to watching a whole season, 12 episodes, that’s 9 hours.
What can I do in 9 hours?
- Write 4 blog posts (if you take between 2 – 3 hours like I do)
- Shape my health with 18 thirty-minute workouts
- Open up my world with a great book
- Learn via projects like Building an Interactive Website
- Build/strengthen 9 relationships over coffee meetings
This isn’t to dump on television. This is just a reminder that our time is finite and that as creators (which you are!), we must be mindful of how we spend our time and remember that every moment we waste costs us not just in hours but in creations.