People think they “need more time“.
They don’t. They just poorly use it.
A typical human being sleeps anywhere from 6 to 10 hours a night. Let’s take the worst-case scenario. 10 hours of sleeps a night, 7 days a week. That’s 70 hours gone. 98 hours left.
Next, most of us have to work. If you live in America, chances are you work about 35 hours a week. Let’s be conservative and consider that 40 hours are devoted to work. 58 hours left.
We also have to eat and do various stuff like go to the bathroom, shower etc. I think it is fair to assume that a maximum of 3 hours are dedicated to these things each day. We still have 37 hours left!
I really want to make sure this analysis applies to everyone, so I’ll round this off to 35 hours.
Funnily enough, the average Joe watches about 5 hours of TV a day. 35 freaking hours a week. Is that a coincidence?
Poor Joe. He feels like he lacks time!
Now, if you’re reading this blog, you likely have goals, a vision of how you want to grow. You’d like to develop skills. There are books you’d love to read. How much you can actually achieve in 35 hours?
- Meditate 30 minutes each morning : 3.5 hours a week.
- Read a 300 pages book : 6 hours a week.
- Learn to play an instrument for 30 min/day : 3.5 hours a week.
- Have sex daily : 3.5 hours a week.
- Go out with friends once a week : 6 hours a week.
- Hit the home gym equipment 4x a week : 6 hours a week.
- Volunteer for something dear to your heart : 6 hours a week.
Add this up and you’ll get 34.5 hours. You still have half an hour to have sex an 8th time!
In one year, you’d have read 52 books.
You’d be good enough a musician to entertain and impress your buddies
You’d be in much better shape
You’d have meditated for 180 hours, almost twice as much than in a 10-Day Vipassana Retreat
You’d have 300 hours of volunteering under your belt
You wouldn’t be up-to-date with Game of Thrones.
How sad. You won’t have spent hundreds of hours passively immersed in pixels. You’ll stop watching people live an artificial life to the fullest. A life that you don’t have the courage to live yourself.
One of the fundamental problems is that people prioritize obligations over passions. They live like employees 24/7, oscillating between duties and passive relaxation. They begin by exhausting themselves with work and duties, and then wonder why they only feel like watching TV.
Break through that vicious circle of mediocrity!
Don’t treat your passions like they’re unimportant things. Passions are what makes you alive. They’re a core part of who you are. Honor them and they’ll fill you with enthusiasm.
Next time you catch yourself thinking “I need more time”, reflect on how well you already use those 168 hours. Chances are you’re wasting several hours here and there. You don’t need more time. You have plenty.