By R. S.
Time. Don’t we all wish we had more time? The only thing we have full control over said the great Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Chaim Shmulevitz ZT”L, is our time.
Funny that our time is really the only thing we control and we all feel we don’t have enough of it.
Health, wealth, children and everything we can think of is from Hashem, but what will we do with our time?
As we approach the Yomim Noraim it is incumbent upon us to make some sort of cheshbon hanefesh.
Many of us have “time saving” devices that we can’t imagine living without, but are they really saving us time?
Below is a series of questions to determine how we can use our time wisely.
1) How much time do you spend daily on your computer?
2) How much of that time is work related?
3) How many emails are an absolute necessity for your work or job?
4) How much time do you spend on the internet?
5) Of the time you spend on the internet, how much was work related?
6) Of the work related time spent on the internet, how much of it was absolutely necessary? (If you are having difficulty answering this then ask yourself “if my Rov or boss walked in, would I have felt silly or quickly closed the page to avoid him seeing my screen even though it was work related”).
7) How much time do you spend daily on your smartphone?
8) How much of it was important business related matters?
9) What percentage of your time was spent playing games, searching the web for non-business use, searching for apps, using apps, on social networking sites or communicating for non-business matters?
10) Imagine your computer died and your phone battery died. There is a power outage and it won’t be restored for another hour. Would you panic not knowing how to occupy yourself?
So you get the idea that maybe you spent a little extra time on things that maybe are time wasters.
Now ask yourself the following question:
Let’s step back in time. The world has just discovered internet and smartphones. You are offered a job that will require some of this new technology. Imagine this is your current job that you have right now. What would you NEED to absolutely be able to function properly in your job setting? Which websites and emails from which people? Which apps? Which people would you HAVE TO communicate with on social media and whatsapp? After you answer these questions take the test again and see if the answers are different than the first time.
After you completed the first two steps you may have a feeling that you are wasting some time. Try this.
THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME! Moshiach is here to greet us. You grab your finest clothes and run out to greet him. You slip your iPhone into your pocket to capture the moment and whatsapp it across all your chats and across the world! As you are holding up you phone there is an announcement, “please make a single file line”. As you approach the Moshiach you see he is asking some questions and some people are proceeding ahead to the Kanfei Nesharim while others look dejected. It’s your turn and you are face to face with Moshiach! After so many years of galus! Finally! So moshicah asks you what you do for a living. He then asks you (repeat the above 10 questions here). You really want to move along but depending on your truly honest answers that is the only way to proceed.
The great day of judgement arrives! ROSH HASHANA, we greet the RIBONO SHEL OLAM HIMSELF. Repeat the 10 questions.
Ask yourself these questions now.
Do I need that computer/smartphone?
If I do, can I use it for business only and leave it in my car so my children aren’t affected by it?
If I do, does it have the proper shmira on it?
Do I really need access to all the sites and everything else I have?
LET’S MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES.
It’s not saving you ANY time.