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effectiveexpenditure

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I have previously done a post on effective time expenditure which I might do a wee pt.3 on after I have finished Seneca's 'De Brevitate Vitae' (the shortness of life). But writing that post made me think of a possible series of others regarding 'effective expenditure', one of which was data.

I am no privacy guru. In fact, if it were not for a few more privacy savvy friends I would probably still be gormlessly inhaling social media at a rate of knots, and contributing to my own demise-by-targetted-advertising. In the last few days I have done a further purge from whatsapp too following their privacy update in a bid to be rid of it entirely and in its lieu, increase my Signal usage. I think my main blocker here is my FOMO (fear of missing out), on the inevitable group chats which will not budge. In doing this though I have had further thought around the reasons why I chose to be more privacy-focused and protect my data, and initially they are quite selfish...

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I have recently been thinking about what is best to do with my time. As have most of us I think during 2020 with various lockdowns and limitations on how we can possibly spend what should be considered as our most valuable asset. I am by no means the world's most efficient spender of time, in fact far from it. I think I probably have traits or habits which inhibit optimised time expenditure. Reading the stoic philosopher Seneca's writings “De Brevitate Vitae” or “The Brevity of life” there is the below quote regarding effective use of time;

“Even if all the bright intellects who ever lived were to agree to ponder this one theme, they would never sufficiently express their surprise at this fog in the human mind. Men do not let anyone seize their estates, and if there is the slightest dispute about their boundaries they rush to stones and arms; but they allow others to encroach on their lives – why, they themselves even invite in those who will take over their lives. You will find no one willing to share out his money; but to how many does each of us divide up his life! People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”

Seneca

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