Alive Time or Dead Time: You Choose If This Time Is Productive Or Not | Ryan Holiday | Stoicism

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There are two types of time: alive time and dead time.

Given excess time, most people elect to ‘kill it’ by watching Netflix, mindlessly scrolling on their phone or complaining about being bored. That’s dead time. And we all know plenty of people who live most of their lives in dead time, because we are these people.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can also use excess time to learn and improve. To invest in ourselves. Learn new skills. This is alive time. Making the best out of every spare moment of time instead of wasting it or killing it.

This is a choice we face regularly…but it is even more pressing to us today.

COVID-19 is here and right now you, and most of the world, are on lockdown. We do not have control over that fact. We may not be able to control many of our circumstances as you read this, but we can always seize the moment. How we decide to react to this event, how we decide to use this time, determines who we are as people. It determines what this tragic outbreak will mean for us.

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