I’m coming at you today with some heavy artillery. Only reason I’m doing it is because I come at myself with heavy artillery. On this path to taking full responsibility of my life, I’ve started to become more and more aware of the way I spend my time. There already isn’t enough hours in the day to do everything that we set out to do. To make matters worse, a lot of that time is spent on nonsense. I want you to ask yourself this one question. Being brutally honest. You don’t have to tell anyone the answer. It’s more for you to become more aware of yourself so that you can maximize every minute in the day doing things that benefit you. How do you spend your time?
Ten minutes here becomes becomes five years there
Let’s take a simple example. The greatest time hog of all time. Social media. Let’s be ultra conservative. And I mean super ultra conservative with the amount of time we spend on Facebook on a daily basis. Let’s say that we spend thirty minutes on FB a day. It’s more like hours. For the sake of discussion, let’s just go with thirty minutes a day.
Thirty minutes a day on FB equals 210 minutes a week scrolling through your newsfeed. That’s three and a half hours a week on FB. Which gives 14 hours a month on FB which in turn is 168 hours a year on FB. You been on Facebook for 5 years now give or take so that’s 840 hours or 35 straight days you’ve been on FB. With nothing at all to show for it.
There isn’t enough time in the day for us to do everything that we want to do. Start thinking about how you spend your time and you’ll be horrified at how much of it you simply waste on nonsense. That’s 35 straight days on FB you’ve spent in 5 years. Let’s not even talk about your other social media accounts (twitter, snapchat, instagram…). Thinking about that is enough to drive you mad.
Monitor how you spend your time
The first thing you need to do to start reclaiming your life is to monitor how you spend your time every single day for a month. Track how much time you spend doing everything. The first thing you’re going to notice is that you spend a large amount of time doing absolutely nothing. Ten minutes mindlessly browsing through your phone. Another ten minutes thinking of a text to send. Ten minutes here daydreaming about what you would do if you were in the NBA. The list is endless. What you are going to achieve by tracking how you spend your time everyday is by gaining clarity on HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME.
One of the most common excuses of all time is: I don’t have time. Which is complete bullshit. I’ve used that excuse multiples times. What it really means is my priorities aren’t in order, my priorities are in order and what you’ve asked of me is at the complete bottom of that list, or I have time management issues. Most people fall into the time management issue.
If you are not where you want to be in life it’s your fault. Monitor how you spend your time and look to see if your work ethic matches your ambitions. I know for me my work ethic never used to match my ambitions. I had high hopes and larger than life dreams. The only problem was they came with an abysmal work ethic. I started monitoring my days to see how I spend my time. Most of my time was spent of garbage which is the main reason why I am not where I want to be in life yet.
Spend your Time wisely with a routine
I’ve figured that the best way for me to optimize my life and make sure that my larger then life goals match my work ethic is by creating routines I can stick with. First I started by trying to implement a whole bunch of routines at once. You already know how that turned out. A complete failure which left me discouraged. I didn’t give though. Cause only bitches give up and I ain’t no bitch.
What I found to work best for me is to implement one routine at a time until it stick then you work on adding another routine on top of that. The first thing you need to do is to get your basic routines down such as going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time everyday. After that it’ll be a good idea to also eat at the same times everyday and also to workout at the same time everyday.
Once you’ve mastered those basic routines you can move on to more complex ones such as having a specific time each day where you meditate or do yoga. Having a specific time each day you dedicate to reading. I’m working on having my days down to such an extend that even my time to have fun and play is all planned out. This might seem like a very rigid schedule to be on, what you fail to understand if you think like that is that discipline is freedom. If you’re not where you want to be in life then you need to take drastic actions to monitor how you spend your time.
Once that is done, you need to form a schedule with daily routines that have a purpose of everyday pushing you closer to what it is you want to do in life. Discipline is freedom.
I used to watch basketball on TV all the time. I used to watch movies and get captivated by TV series. Haven’t done none of that in a very long time. I had to set my priorities straight and those are completely at the bottom of the list.
My intention with writing this post is to show you how absurd it is the amount of time we waste doing mind numbing activities that do not bring us any closer to our goals. Figure out how you spend your time so that you can be a master of your life instead of it’s slave.
Coming at your from my bed at 2:21am on a Monday morning
Cath you later
P.S. Discipline is freedom. If you’re not where you want to be in life, audit how you spend your time and create routines that will help you maximize every single day.