Everybody says it “I’d love to do “x” but I don’t have the time.” X could be starting a business, going to the gym, reading more, learning to sew, cleaning the house, ironing your clothes. It doesn’t really matter what x is and in a lot of cases time isn't really the problem. I’m finding, in my own life, that a lack of prioritising and discipline can generally be attributed as the cause.
Those motivational posters do hold an air of truth. You know the ones. We all have the same amount of hours in the day. You have the same amount of hours as Beyonce or Oprah, or Tony Robbins or whoever your idol is.
Yes your life differs, you have kids, a 60 hour work week, no money, poor health, but the fact remains that you have 24 hours and so do I. It’s what we choose to do with those hours that counts.
How many times do you press snooze in the morning? Add up those hours over a week a month or a year.
If you snooze or oversleep by 20 minutes a day, that’s
2 hours and 20 minutes a week,
9 hours and 20 minutes a month and
112 hours per year. (!)
I used to be that person and sometimes I still am. I could snooze for Ireland and win. But coming across this idea of time being one of our main currencies for success has helped me change that. I’m new to this early morning thing and a routine has still to be created and refined but each day I love to use my newfound, morning, me-time reading inspiring articles on medium.
The Same can be said for mindlessly scrolling through social media - and I know, in my case that when I get sucked in, it’s more than 20 minutes a day.
Bookmarking my social media accounts has really helped me here. Before, I would leave the most used ones on never-closing tabs and regularly click into Facebook to keep track of "life" or instantly check to see what "excitement" the newest notification held. Now I can use the tab space for things I’m working on, consciously click the bookmark when I’ve decided to wander into social media and consciously close the tab when I’m finished.
There are thousands of small pockets of time that could be used in more beneficial ways. The time is there, we just need to learn how to use it to our best advantage. I’m trying to be more aware of it and I’m slowly making changes to make better use of my time. Even the smallest adjustments are creating more desirable developments.
Read. Run. Research. Clean. Invest. Play. Learn. Work. Earn. Improve.
What would you do with 100 extra hours?
Target: 100 Words