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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Theory of Activity

At every point in one’s life time, one is faced with multiple mutually exclusive choices of utilizing one’s time for one activity at the forfeiture of other activities. Just that all of us got the same 24 hours each day, not a split second more or less. That is it!

You might want to do hundreds of activities, but you can possibly do only tens of them, because every activity takes some time and that’s the constraint everyone has. For example, you might want to sleep a lot, do long hours at office or study, go shopping, attend hobby classes, do social work, talk to friends, read a lot, watch movies etc. All of these are different activities and realistically you cannot do all of them.

Here comes prioritisation and another version of Life of no regrets however, this time in a perspective.
Choose only a few for one period (e.g. a week or month), and do the different ones for the next period. Alternatively, just do each activity for a much smaller time; still you will not be able to do all of the activities. Also, more efficient you become longer your wish-list of activities would become.

Now let’s analyse what’s happening unwantedly.

While you have prioritised to do certain activities, you have automatically forfeited other activities as you are not able to do other activities at that time. Always keep in mind that while you are doing one activity, you are forfeiting other activities, that is the opportunity cost of your time doing the chosen activity.

This is to not to worry you or keep you stressed 24 by 7 by 365 that you are wasting your time, rather to keep you informed and happy about the time that you are spending on the chosen activity and make you feel better and satisfied that you are in check of your time and whatever you are doing, you are doing out of a choice and with a caution in your mind that you are doing it because you want to do it over hundreds of other activities that you could do for you enjoy this activity more than others.

Note: Even as I am writing this post, I am incurring a cost out of a choice in terms of the time spent on the writing activity. Even as you are reading this post, you are doing an activity and spending time on it out of a choice.