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August 27, 2013


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Joanne Tombrakos

I love this viewpoint!

In fact so much so ( if I may engage in some shameless self-promotion) I wrote a book on the subject last year - It Takes An Egg Timer, A Guide To Creating The Time For Your Life http://www.amazon.com/It-Takes-An-Egg-Timer/dp/0984007636/


Hear hear! Reminds me of my favorite quote on the subject, by Lao Tzu: "Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to."

Joseph B.

When I don't have enough time to catch the Sox game, I take a look at the box score to get a sense of what happened. Though nothing beats watching that scrappy team pull things together.


Of course, when people tell you "But I do not have enough time", they have already prioritized. It is simply their way of informing you of the low priority they have assigned to said task.


I hear this so often and then see people waste their time while complaining they don't have time it makes my head hurt...

Funny how easy it can be to find time the problem is people don't want to let go of their old habits like watching TV.


Hi David,

Thanks for your post. It was one of the tough days today and your advice was right on time thank you. Also helps having an awesome friend and business partner to drag me out of the trees to see the wood and remind me what it's all about. Adam referenced this post when we were speaking and it's right on the money.

Thanks as always and hope you got another surf in.


David Meerman Scott

Thanks for these wonderful comments!

Joanne - sounds like an important book.

Joseph & Paul - There's nothing at all wrong with watching your favorite sports team or whatever is highest priority! That's a choice. But in this case, no fair saying "I don't have enough time to_________."

Toby - Glad to hear this post was well timed. Hey, just think, for the next 5 months your weather gets better & better while ours gets worse & worse!

Brent Roderick

Hi David,

Thanks for the well-timed reminder. We can all find time to do what's important to us. However, don't discount multi-tasking - you can exercise while watching the game.

David Meerman Scott

Brent - you are absolutely right about multi-tasking. Thanks for that reminder.

Jose Palomino

Two thoughts come to mind. The first is that everyone who says they don’t have enough time should read Laura Vanderkam’s 168 hours. My second thought is -- like you said -- stop watching TV! A couple of weeks ago, I heard someone say, “At the end of your life, you’re not going to say, ‘I wish I watched more TV,’” but there might be some other things you felt like you missed out on.

Figure out what you want to do and must do, and then work it into your schedule. It CAN be done!

Rodney Goldston

Just want to echo some of the other comments that this is a very 'timely' post. I have to admit I watch way more Netflix than I should. Although, I was able to start on my first ebook last night. I burned the midnight oil until 4 am.

Denise Johnston

Another great post David. Sometimes I call myself the time maker. Because when people often ask me how in the world do I have the time to 'do all of that' or work as much as I do. I just tell them I make it. Right on on these tips!

Tom Borgman

Okay, other than watching replays of golf tournaments (late at night) and Breaking Bad, not much wasted TV time for moi. But I echo all previous comments...a very timely reminder and tenets you obviously follow David. Perhaps a new short book from you is in the offing...New Rules of Prioritizing and R&R!!?


I completely agree with you. I used to say myself I will start doing this or that tomorrow.

One day I realized that I have to start doing it NOW. I couldn't believe the results.

I was more focused on the things that matter and I started getting more than.

To do that I had to sacrifice my cable TV, though.


I have a unique perspective on this topic.

I spent a decade of my life without watching TV. Didn't even own a TV. And, guess what? I accomplished a ton of stuff. Wrote dozens of songs, read hundreds of books (either lit classics or 'how-to' books), learned multiple new instruments and changed career paths twice.

With that said, I also felt like I missed a big part of society's shared experiences. Watching TV helped me connect with my now wife so no real regrets there. Perhaps it would be easier to do now than it was before omnipresent internet was available.

David Meerman Scott

Jose, Rodney, Denise, Tom, Jim - so glad that you found this post helpful. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Mbaltrusaitis - THanks for sharing your story. I have no doubt that you accomplished a great deal. I watch very little TV. I find I can get caught up on the pop culture stuff by looking at the Google News feed every day. I learn what happened the day before in just about a minute. If I then want to watch a quick replay, I can do so on YouTube.


Thanks for your thoughts!

„We are much more likely to act our way into new ways of thinking than to think our way into new ways of acting“ Karl Weick

But sorry, sorry I've not enough time to realize all my ideas! To lot of them? :-)

Best wishes from Germany/ Board game developer/ no tv since 20 years!

David Meerman Scott

Matahar - No TV for 20 years is amazing!


Yes, it is! I've no time for TV! :)

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