My last article on this column, OneStepBeyond, spanned on an unsettling dream about an affair of the whole country. One of my readers left a comment that could have probably replaced my heading. He wished that one day I will be able to find a public platform where I can give a lecture about “The madness of a whole country disturbing a solitary mind.”
In the same vein, I wish to thank everyone who reads my articles on Magazine Reel. And those who send congratulatory messages on my work. And equally those who tug my sleeve saying I should write about this or that. I am humbled.
I should have written another article on the other Tuesday night concerning the menace online room booking caused to Egerton students. But I was busy chatting on WhatsApp and liking things on Facebook until I dozed off. It hurts me to fail to do something I’m supposed to do. Such pain is personal. And it’s deep. But what is most personal is most general. And I know it hurts you too to fail to do something.
I just did a self- audit and realized I give social media too much time. I found I am slowly becoming addicted to it. Especially WhatsApp. The purpose of the audit was not to detect flaws in me. It was designed to help me review how I spend my time. The discovery of the lazy side of me may have been a byproduct of the auditing efforts, but not the primary focus of the audit.
Perhaps I should have used part of the time wasted on social media to introduce something new in my life. To go one step beyond.
I have so many unfinished books I should read. Many articles and stories running through my mind but not yet written. And of course I have had my writing of my would be debuted autobiography stall. I should have used some time to reposition myself. To collect and reinvent myself to take on worthy causes. But WhatsApp and Facebook doesn’t allow me.
I know I am prone to be told that this article is not as intriguing as others. That is quite in order. And one of my challenge when writing to university students. As writers, we feel bad when one comments that our work is boring ( I will soon capture the challenges of writing campus based articles). I wrote this article, principally to help us find out how much time we devote to social media and how we can use some of it to do meaningful and important things.
I have indicated there above that what is most personal is most general. In light of that, you too need to access the amount of time you spend chatting. If you are indeed honest and true to yourself, you might realize you spend way too much time online than me. There is nothing wrong with that only it deprives you of the opportunity to do something that adds value in your life.
According to GWI Social , we’re spending roughly 1.72 hours per day on social media, which accounts for roughly 30 percent of our time on the Internet. We therefore need to reduce the time spent on social media and use it wisely to move forward in our long-term pursuits, hopes, and dreams.
I recently listened to a recorded motivational talk on YouTube by the legendary Myles Munroe. Drawing from the characteristics of the wonder bird, eagle, to explain hallmarks of a successful individual. In it, one of the characteristics of an eagle is that it only eats live food. So, successful people should feed themselves with new, fresh and exciting information. This can be hard if one spends all time chatting online. Or watching movies 24 hours a day. Or soap operas. Those we are watching have put their best into what we watch. We need to reposition ourselves and say we will be watched.
Generally, time management is one thing that is still baffling to most of us. We need to reconsider the value of accounting for every minute we have at our disposal.