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I have a bit of a confession to make. Don’t worry I’m not about to over share (like that family member who had too much to drink over Christmas), I’m sure you might have the same problem. You never plan for it to happen, but when it does, an entire weekend can disappear without a trace…..
I love binge watching series over weekends.
I’ll start on a Saturday and by Sunday evening, I’ll be wrapping up the last episode of the season.
The only problem is that I feel super guilty after doing it!! There are always things I know I should be doing while I watch the series. So I don’t really enjoy it.
It’s exactly the same when I’m checking Facebook at work or chatting with a friend. It’s fun, but I feel a little guilty because I know I should be doing something else or I won’t get all my work done.
After struggling with this for a while I heard the following quote on a podcast Tim Ferriss did with Jocko Willink:
“Discipline will set you free”
At first I thought this was bull, but as they explained, I started buying into it…. Maybe if I had just a little bit of discipline I could enjoy that series without any guilt.
Let me explain…..
How many of you complain that you don’t have enough time every day? I know I do. But how disciplined are you with your time?
When you have a deadline. Do you turn off your email notifications, put away your phone and close down your browser, so you only focus on your work……. I’m guessing no.
So then at the end of the day when you can’t go out for drinks or go home to see your kids. Why is that?
It’s because you didn’t have the discipline…. You gave in to the instant gratification (the small shots of dopamine) from checking your facebook, checking your emails, checking your IM…… Scientists have found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to a task after you have switched from it. Remember when you just quickly wanted to check your facebook, saw that one funny video and 20 minutes later you’re busy facebook stalking someone you haven’t seen since high school.
Can you even remember what you were working on just before you started facebooking……
The discipline of just focusing on your work would have set you free to do whatever you want after it was done. You can facebook stalk your entire senior class, but first get the work done.
You can do it too
By now you know that I’m weird about setting reminders in my calendar for almost anything. But I do this because it sets me free. I don’t have to try and remember all the things I have to do. I don’t have to worry whether there is anything I am forgetting, my calendar will remind me. That discipline of putting it in my calendar has set me free.
I’m sure there is something you can think of right now, that is causing you some stress. It might be paying the bills each month. what you are going to have for dinner or that email you were supposed to send that you just remembered.
Think about what is causing you some stress and then how a little bit of discipline will help to set you free.
Block off 2 hours on the last Sunday of every month to pay your bills. Plan out your meals for the week so you don’t have to worry about it every day. Mark any email you have to reply to as unread after you have gone through it, so you remember to respond.
These small bits of discipline will free you up in the rest of your week so you can focus on the things that really matter…….
Like enjoying your series. These days weekend mornings are off limits. I do all the things I have to get done. Whether it’s exercise, DIY or chores around the house. I bundle all of it into the mornings.
Because man, when that morning is done it’s time for some glorious chilling out and watching my favorite series….
If you enjoyed this let me know what your favorite series is in the comments. I’m always looking for something new……