Does Facebook Sell Free Time?

Does Facebook Sell Free Time? Or Can I Have Mine Back At No Charge?

Very recently, I had a realization about how I utilize time and was disgusted enough to write this blog post, which is not necessarily about photography, but related; it does affect my Journey in Photography anyway.
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My Babies…I would love more time to hang out with them.

People regularly ask me questions like, “how do you do everything that you do and when do you find the time?” or “I know you must be so busy because you are involved in doing so many things”.
When I hear these things I laugh inside. Why? Well, believe it or not, while people think that I use every second of every day like the U.S. President would, with his team of scheduling professionals, being busy accomplishing greatness with every second, I actually believe that I waste a great deal of time daily, which to me means that I ain’t as busy as they think. I hope the psychology of this isn’t equivalent to a six feet tall 90 pound adult male claiming to be fat! Maybe my psychologist wife will put me on the couch for a session and we’ll figure it out together.
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My Babies…Wife and Daughter – Always make time for family.

You see, I like to remain busy; busy at my 9 to 5, at the non-profit organizations I volunteer with, at my photography business, with online studies, with playing music, with theatrical dancing, with sports, with being an avid father and family man, and so on and so on. As part of keeping busy, I walk briskly, I commute with a purpose, I engage in extracurricular activities, many in the hopes of helping the less fortunate and giving back to my society. Basically, I’m the energizer bunny with a shinny bald head. However, some activities that keep me busy are not overly important, some actually being meaningless. This then points out the fact that I actually have spare time, but use it unwisely.
 So I compared the amount of time I spend with aimless activities, to the time I spend with activities that really make me happy and work towards me reaching my goals in life. I found that I waste more time than I even realized, in the sense that many of my daily habits and routines do not contribute meaningfully to my growth as a person, father, husband or businessman. I was being busy, but I was being busy in many instances, for example, playing games on my smartphone, getting caught up with watching “Top 10” videos on YouTube, spending ridiculous amounts of time on social media, chat messaging and email, and even simple things like obsessively clearing notifications on my smartphone. Time suckers!
Well, time for a revamp! After realizing change was necessary, I set out on a plan. A plan not to reduce the amount of time that I used keeping busy, but simply to replace these aimless activities with more meaningful ones, including spending more time with my family. That way, I would remain as busy as I always am (which I do like), but will progress more in life using the same amount of time as used before.
 So, let’s start small. I deleted the Facebook app from my smartphone and I only visit Facebook twice a day, at most, from my desktop computer (reduced from upwards of 20 or more times a day because of Facebook notifications on the smartphone app). I turned off all banner notifications on my smartphone, except for business and VIP messaging and calls. This allows me to maintain focus on work, play, family time and other tasks, without the distraction of obsessively pulling out my phone every minute to respond to notifications, or constantly trying to clear the red bubble notifications, which seems to be a Monkish attribute of mine. I have also unsubscribed from the email newsletters that I don’t read regularly (although I want to) and I have scheduled myself to read emails twice a day.
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Uhm…Me…trying to see outside of the box.

Well this is the first phase on my journey to remap and reroute my efforts and time. I must say, though, that it has been amazing thus far, the amount of focus and time I have gained back just from making those small changes above, Facebook being a big one. I’m sure you can agree with how easy it is to get caught up watching funny videos on those websites, only to realize that two hours have gone by.
Phase two will be to work on separating my activities and scheduling them more aggressively so that I only focus on one at a time. I’m an avid multi-tasking professional, but more and more I am becoming a firm believer that some things should not be multi-tasked. Single focus can most often produce greater results.
 If you have made similar adjustments in your life for better productivity and time usage, do share some of your ideas and I will share more of mine in my next blog about time wasting.

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Dame Peters

Dame Peters Photography

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Drifting [a Place of SOLACE…]

Growing up in the East End of the island (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) by the water side, a boat, dingy, surfboard or something else that floats was always close by…for fishing, short trips to Red Rock (a formation of rocks and reef in the middle of the ocean, about a half of a mile from land) to collect whelks and conch or just to sail around with friends. We learned so much about the sea world in those days just by spending so many of our daily hours in the sea.

Cherished memories!

"Drifting" by Dame Peters

"Drifting" by Dame Peters © 2012 Prodigy X Photography

[a Place of SOLACE]

Location: East End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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Festival Thru An iPhone

Festival Thru An iPhone by prodigyXphotog
Festival Thru An iPhone, a photo by prodigyXphotog on Flickr.

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While shooting this local Virgin Islands emancipation festival parade, I spotted a guy recording a troop’s performance on his iPhone and I thought, how cool it will be to shoot the troop within his iphone. This shot took about 6 to 8 tries before getting what I wanted. Getting the precise DOF that I wanted coupled with the guy constantly moving his hand around (he didn’t know I was behind him getting this shot) required a few tries.

At the end I was very happy with the results and the guy was blown away when I finally let him know that I was there and showed him the photo in my view finder.

Hope you like it.

Artist: Dame Peters

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Her Precious Little Face

Precious Face by prodigyXphotog
Precious Face, a photo by prodigyXphotog on Flickr.

The precious face of a young student who is unhappy that the school day has ended. Because she wants to play with her friends? Well, maybe, but she really likes to learn new things. She is the prodigy of the Prodigy X 🙂 my daughter.

When I started shooting DSLR, my Point & Shoot digital camera was handed down to her and like me, she has always had a fascination with taking pictures. At the end of the day, there would be 20 pictures of her feet, 35 self portraits maybe 15 or so of the back of my head.

My Daughter Helping Me Capture the Super Full Moon | March 2011 (Blackberry Photo)

I recall the first wedding I ever shot, when I told her I was leaving to shoot it, she turned and gave me a thumbs up and said, “Well, do a good job”.

She has gone on many journeys with me in photography and has been by my side during many of my captures. In fact, she assisted me in shooting the Super Full Moon in March this year.

At six years old, she wanted to learn the DSLR and night photography…oh well, why not.

"SUPER FULL MOON" by Dame Peters | March 2011

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