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You wake up and check the time — a bunch of numbers — to determine how long you have to prepare before you get to work. The numbers 9 and 5 demarcate the beginning and end of your work day, though we both know how much work you actually do during that time, and how much gets wasted into watching cat videos on youtube and facebook. According to this CNBC report, 3.5 trillion dollars’ worth of productivity has been wasted by facebook since its inception.
And if Facebook was still not invented, the time would have been wasted in other pursuits, so please don’t blame Mark Zuckerberg.
So I was filling in this form, and I had to check — and double-check- the passport number because that number is super-important. Then I had to pay for something online, and a credit card number had to be carefully input.
Then I logged into medium and my blog, and the statistics told me how popular my recent posts have been. I bought food and the cashier chirpily announcement the amount I had to pay — another set of numbers.
Later in the evening, I went to the gym, and the time spent on treadmill and weight measured afterwards represented my performance.
And this is just one day.
If I had been driving, Navigation on google maps would have been telling me after how many meters did I have to change course….
And you get the point.
Numbers are important. They run our lives. In school, grades and ranks are important. At work, salaries and KPI’s are numbers. They even tell you when you apply for a job to quantify your performance in your several jobs.
But here are a few questions;
So now that you’re starting to look differently at the numbers, I would like to add a sixth point to Bronnie Ware’s book,The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing which listed the following;
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Originally published at medium.com