not enough time

There’s not enough time to…[fill in the blank].

It’s the number one reason people state for not achieving the things they want, be that weight loss, new job, learning a language, starting a business, quality time with family and friends, etc.

Yes, life can be busy and with work and family commitments, time is precious, but the reality is, every single person has exactly the same amount of time available each week as everyone else – 168 hours.

7 days * 24 hours = 168 hours per week

That sounds like a lot, and it is.

After allowing for work, say 40 hours a week, and sleep of 56 hours a week (for the lucky ones of us that get 8 hours a night), you are still left with 72 hours a week.

Total hours a week                                          168 hours

Less work                                                            40 hours

Less sleep                                                            56 hours

Remaining hours per week                              72 hours

Now, of course, if you work more than 40 hours, just deduct that. For example, if you work 50 hours a week, you are still left with 62 hours.

And of course, I know there are other commitments, especially when you have children.  It really can feel like the time you are not sleeping or working is devoted entirely to their activities and sport, keeping them fed and clean, other social commitments, etc.  And, depending on the age of your children and the size and dynamics of your family, this can be all consuming.

But, despite all that, how is it, that some people are able to run businesses, find time to keep fit, spend time with family and still hang out with friends where others are barely able to manage much besides get up, get kids to school, work, cook dinner and fall into bed.

I’ll tell you how.  It’s how they choose to spend their time.

Time is a choice.  And, the only way to find time to spend on the things you want, rather than wondering where your time has gone and complaining about not having time to do the things that want, is to become consciously aware of how you are currently spending your time.

  • An average of 6.3 hours of the working day is spent on email
  • People check their smart phone 47 times a day and will tap, swipe or click their phone an average of 2,617 times per day
  • Adults spend an average of 4 hours and 33 mins per day on smart phone/tablet
  • On average, 10 hours per week is spent watching Netflix
  • An adult in Australia watches an average of 18 hours of TV per week
  • 69% of people check their smart phone within 5 minutes of waking up
  • 2/3 of women and 53% of men hit snooze, at least once, with some hitting it up to three times (that’s 30mins a day!)

How much of the above are you doing on a daily or weekly basis? Most of these activities have become habitual, you don’t even know how often you are doing it. Yet, looking at the numbers above it’s really easy to see the impact it’s having on your time.

For example, if the average adult in Australia was to reduce their TV watching by half they would find an additional nine hours a week.  That’s nine hours a week to exercise.  Or work on their dream business or spend quality time with friends and family.

And, speaking of quality time with friends and family, another alarming statistic is that 85% of people will check their smartphone while talking with friends and family!!

So, the next time you are feeling like you don’t have enough time, or find yourself using that as an excuse, look over the points above and be honest with how you are actually spending your time.  Are you prioritising TV, Netflix, email, social media, etc. over the things you ‘say’ are your priorities such as health, family, friends and your own growth and development?

If so, and you are happy with that, then that is fine.  Go for it.

But, if you want things to be different, or if you’re not happy with some parts of your life and want to make changes, looking at how you are currently spending your time is the best place to start.

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