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You've got 168 of them…so quit wasting them!

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One of my pet peeves is when I hear someone say, “I’m just too busy!”
It really annoys me when I hear myself say those words, because then I become a hypocrite!

God I hate hypocrisy, almost as much as I hate wasting time.

But, it wasn’t until I heard a recent podcast with Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, that I realized I was filling my mind up with poop about how much time I didn’t have.

Through her work, Laura explored peoples time diaries, looking at over 1001 days and came up with some frickin’ amazing information about our time that we think we don’t have!

  • We’re getting more sleep than we think
  • We’re not working near as much as we’d like to complain about
  • We’ve got way more time than we’re making good use of

This got me thinking and I started tracking my time, and here’s what I discovered…

  • I have 168 hours available to me each week just like you do
  • I sleep an average of 8 hours a night which leaves me with 112 hours for the rest of my life
  • I work an average of 60 hours a week (low for a self-employed guy). That leaves me 52 hours a week
  • I work out about 8 hours a week. That leaves me 44 hours a week
  • I eat an average of 1.5 hours a day, which leaves me with 33.5 hours in the week
  • Showering, tidying up the house, getting kids to school takes up another 10 hours a week which leaves me with just under 24 hours a week

That’s 24 hours a week to do things I love like reading, being creative, dreaming, traveling, exploring, and of course,drinking wine, having SEX, and connecting with people.

But yet, I like many of you, claim to not have enough time. So I wonder…how much time do you have when you break it down?

  • Do you have enough time to come out and be authentically you?
  • Do you have a few moments a day to laugh at yourself?
  • How much time would it really take to put a little extra effort into your dating or love life?
  • What would it feel like to just take 1 – 2 hours a week to be a kid again?
  • Why aren’t you taking some of your time to JUST BE YOU?

I believe, after taking 60 minutes to listen to the podcast with Laura, while I was exercising, that we all have the capacity to make time for whatever we want in our lives. The real question is, how badly do you want to make time for what you want in your life?

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