How would you measure up if someone observed you and wrote down what you were doing once a minute? Would they see you scrolling through social media, talking on the phone to your relative about a problem at home, or taking action toward your dreams?
Many issues are too complex to be reduced to a sound bite. I worry that we will lose the ability to do deep thinking if we get addicted to constant interruption by the beeps of our seductive electronic devices.
It never occurred to me to get more sleep. Sleep was for wimps. Sure, I was tired, I'd joke, but there was no way I was going to take a nap. I didn't have time for a nap.
What woman has time for a nap?
There are a great many ways to work at maintaining and even improving your memory functions as you get older, and there's no question that both mental and physical stimulation keep your brain sharp. But the simple truth is that our memories may not be fading as quickly as we think.
"I'm too tired. I. Need. To. Sleep." I collapse (delicately) over my daughter. I feign magnificent snoring and thrashing, and she laughs with her whole body. It's perfect and yet some nights, the ugly secret I try to keep secret rears its nasty head.
I argue that delegation is best because it allows the servicemen to do what they are good at so one can focus on what they themselves are good at. But are we really doing what we are good at, or are we just spending more time distracting ourselves with less-important tasks?