I've mentioned that my word for this year is TIME. My kids are getting older, and The Captain and I are riper by the day. I feel hyper aware of the changing nature of seasons in our lifetime, and it seems as though we are shifting into a new one very quickly.
I've read some of your suggestions for strategic options in managing time creatively and wisely (thanks for those!). A common theme has been trimming out some of the time-wasters in life. Facebook, am I right?
The one thing you'll never hear any person say when they're old and gray is..."I wish I had read fewer books." Reading is so good for the soul, even for all you non-introverts. Books can help you escape if you're stressed, they can make you think if you like to think, they can entertain if you're bored, and they always make you at least a little bit smarter. One of the worst things about Facebook is that everywhere you click, people are just hurting each other. It's not all evil, of course, but we can all agree that there's so much arguing and insulting and all the yucky things on Facebook that this life is just not supposed to be about.
Even when people don't mean to be cruel, sometimes all the sharing and commenting and "liking" can be really hurtful to other people who are silently witnessing their friends' or family's behavior online. There's just so much offense happening out there on the social media.
Unlike reading, I've heard hundreds of people say they wish they spent less time on Facebook.
If you're like me and aiming to make better use of your time in 2018, try replacing some of that mindless Facebook scrolling with a book. Less Facebook, more actual book book. Seems easy enough, right?
Here are seven books worth your time in 2018:
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter
Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas