Where does your time go?

I was recently asked to participate in a marketing video for Wente Vineyards. The requirements included enjoying wine and being glued to your phone. Check and check; I fit the bill perfectly. 

I went into this assuming I’d likely be tasting wine on camera and guessed they wanted feedback for a new wine application. Neither were true, and the experience was eye opening. 

Employees from Wente Vineyards asked a series of questions, including how I spend my time, my screen time behavior and what I would do if I had more time in the day. 

On average, I was spending about 3 hours a day on my phone checking social media, email, text messages and the news. That adds up to 98 hours a month, 53 days per year, or 7 years in a lifetime

It really made me reflect on how I choose to spend my time. I can never get these early years back from my son's life, and I was wasting them staring into the abyss of a screen. Perhaps I drank the Kool-Aid, but I have tried to be more intentional about putting my phone down and being present.

I think we can all learn a little something from the #MakeTime movement Wente Vineyards is promoting. What would you do with an extra 3 hours a day? 

Life is a lot richer in person


Most people… 

  • spend nearly 2 hours on social media every day. That adds up to 5 years and 5 months over a lifetime.

  • check email about 36 times an hour.

  • spend more time on social media than socializing, eating, drinking, bathing, shaving, dressing and styling hair… combined.

  • spend 3x more time on social media than we do socializing in person.

Time is a choice. Be intentional with it.

10 Things I Vow to Make Time For

  1. Write a blog

  2. Spend time with friends

  3. Bi-monthly date nights

  4. Play with my son more

  5. Read a book every month

  6. Listen to podcasts when driving

  7. Brush up on French

  8. Organize my photographs

  9. Scrapbook

  10. Mail birthday cards to friends


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