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LYL #028 – Real Men Don’t Play Videos Games: How To Know The Difference Between Recreation and Obsession

Ryan created a firestorm on Twitter by saying that video games are destroying young men across the United States. In this episode of The Live Your List Show your hosts Jerrod and Ryan talk about the issues of wasting time, the difference between recreation and obsession, and Ryan defends his controversial statement on Twitter.

The Live Your List Show with Jerrod Murr and Ryan Eller

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Quadrants – Time Management Matrix

For those who are not familiar with quadrants, here is a picture and a brief overview from Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Paradigm Shift

Quadrant 1 (top left) we have important, urgent items – items that need to be dealt with immediately.

Quadrant 2 (top right) we have important, but not urgent items – items that are important but do not require your immediate attention, and need to be planned for.

Quadrant 3 (bottom left) we have urgent, but unimportant items – items which should be minimized or eliminated. These are the time sucks, the “poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part” variety of tasks.

Quadrant 4 (bottom right) we have unimportant and also not urgent items – items that don’t have to be done anytime soon, perhaps add little to no value and also should be minimized or eliminated.

4 Tips to Eliminating Wasted Time

1. Know your priorities. Take out a piece of paper and write down things that you consider a time priority. Look at the things that take up the most of your time and compare them to your priorities. 

2. Chart your time. Keep track of your time for one week. Create a spreadsheet and record your time every 15-30 minutes for an entire week to see what you are actually doing with your time. 

3. Be honest with your time. It is easy to justify the things you are doing when wasting time. Honestly look at your time to determine if you are really using your time wisely. 

4. Finish this sentence: Today I could have ____. Today I could have written a chapter of my book, but I played Call of Duty. If you can justify your recreation over your dreams than it will help you be accountable with your time. 

This Episode’s Fired Up Quotes

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin (Tweet That)

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S. Lewis (Tweet That)

“We must use time as a tool, and not as a couch” – John F Kennedy (Tweet That)

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