You Don’t Need More Time!

People think they “need more time“.
They don’t. They just poorly use it.

Need more time? We begin each week with 168 fresh hours. How do most people choose to use these precious hours?

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.

Wonder why 67% of wealthy people watch less than 1 hour of TV a day?

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.

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3 thoughts on “You Don’t Need More Time!

  1. Guy Rocheleau

    True enough: Most people waste an incredible amount of time in front of the TV set. Listening to music (I mean real music) for the same amount of time would be far more edifying. I am lucky enough to sleep only 6 hrs and to live in a small town therefore not wasting precious time on the road.
    So it is true: We have much more time thant we think !!
    Guy R.

  2. shamou

    Saying that you don’t have time is another way of saying that you’re not interested and that you don’t care enough. Nothing wrong with that but at least we should be honest with ourselves and call a spade a spade. 🙂

  3. Steve

    Your numbers seem about right to me. People always underestimate how much time they have and overestimate how much they have to do in that time. It’s weird that way.

    I think those who say they don’t have enough time to do something are usually just making excuses as to why they haven’t done it yet. After all, if you admit that you have the time, but haven’t done it, you’re basically calling yourself lazy. I think there is just too many distractions taking place. It’s like when I get out of the house and go to the coffee shop. I’m always so much more productive there where I don’t have the distractions.


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