A lot of people complain about how busy they are. They just can’t seem to find the time to pursue their dreams, or get enough done in a day. They’re falling behind. I used to be that way too.
Then I discovered a way to combat this common problem. I can now accomplish many, many more things in a day than I used to. One day recently, I worked nine hours, watched a movie, played with my kids, did a load of laundry, read a bunch of inspiring blog posts, and still had time to write this. I did a bunch of other stuff too, but the things I listed are probably boring you enough as it is.
I can think of several other things I should be accomplishing too, but that will come in time. So here’s my secret. Here’s how you can create time out of thin air:
Cut out a little bit of bullshit every day.
That’s it. Just stop some of the nonsense. Not even a lot, just small amount each day. I started doing this recently, and I’m amazed at how much more I get done.
Now here’s the real kicker: I’m probably not even saving that much time yet. I estimate I’ve cut out just 30 to 40 minutes of bullshit per day so far. That time is adding up — just 30 minutes a day equates to about 182 hours a year. That’s seven and a half extra days! And I’m just getting started.
I’m still an extremely lazy person, and probably always will be. Sometimes I skip showers because I simply don’t want to go through the whole “to do” of showering. How lazy is that? It’s also gross and something a stupid kid would do. In fact, I did the same thing as a kid. Maybe I am still a stupid kid in some ways.
Right now I’m sitting in the bathroom writing this as my daughter is taking a bath. A week or two ago, I would’ve been spending this time looking at stupid Instagram photos of people I don’t know, or playing a pointless game on my phone. Instead, I’m spending my daughter’s bathtime doing something productive.
As long as I keep writing every day, I think I’ll continue to cut more and more crap out of my life. I’ll have to, because I need the time to write.
What could you accomplish if you took just 30 minutes of wasted time out of each day, and spent it instead doing something productive?