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I read this quote yesterday and it really got me thinking.
“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” ~ Sigmund Frued
So let me ask you a question. Are you being honest with yourself? In particular, are you being honest with yourself about how you spend your time?
In my honest opinion, I feel most people are not. And getting honest with yourself whilst can be difficult to face, is incredibly powerful.
I want to give you an example of how we are not honest with ourselves.
I regularly hear people saying I don’t have time to…
- Work on my business
- Write a book
- Market my business
- Learn a new skill
- Create a product
- Go for a daily walk
- Have ME time to relax
- Work on the coaching exercises I set…
I hear this and pretty much know that for most people, this is simply not true.
I want to share 3 of the biggest time stealers in the vast majority of people’s lives.
- Social Media
- Browsing the internet
Now I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with any of these and I do all of them. What I’m saying is “GET REAL!”
Get real about what you do with your time. The exact 24 hours each day that we all have. The same amount of time that world-class writer’s have. The same amount of time that successful business owners have. The same amount of time as the super fit have…
I’m going to be completely honest now and maybe even offend a few people. But I hate it… really HATE IT, when a client signs up for a coaching course with me. Pays good money for the chosen package and doesn’t do the exercises, doesn’t set time aside to complete the course in the quickest time and putting 100% into it. Then I see them on Facebook or twitter and in a way that is not helping them achieve what they want to achieve.
The purpose of this post today is not to shame you. It’s to make you aware.
So let’s look at those 3 time taking culprits.
Social media eating away at your time?
I want to make one thing absolutely clear. ALL social media sites are set up to be addictive. Facebook is a business, twitter is a business… These business ideas were just an idea in someone else’s head at one point. Every time you go on to these sites, you are fuelling someone’s dream.
Do I want you to stay away from social media?
No, I love social media and spend time on various sites most days.
What I want you to do is ask yourself 3 questions.
- What am I actually doing on these social media sites?
- Is this helping me achieve my goals?
- Could I spend my time differently to achieve the things I really want in life?
Most of my time on Social Media is connected to my business. So, yes it’s helping me to achieve my goals. However, I make sure that it’s monitored.
If I have a project I’m working on then I set myself a time to interact on social media sites and during my work hours I make sure that every second is productive.
If I want to just chat with friends and see what everyone else has been up to, just for the fun of it, I do that out of my work hours.
Television taking up valuable time.
I hear a lot of successful people, guru’s, coaches… say that they don’t watch television and recommend we all ditch TV altogether. I personally think it’s entirely up to each individual. I love watching TV and Films. My son and I usually watch an hour long program together in the evening or watch a film together. I love it and so does he, so it’s not something I’ll be giving up any time soon.
What I do want you to do is be aware of how much TV you’re watching and why. Is it a habit that you’re just doing for the sake of it, or is it something you thoroughly enjoy and do it mindfully?
Is watching hours of TV stopping you from doing something you really want to do?
What about browsing the web?
Let’s face it everything we could possibly want to know is just a click away on the web. It truly is amazing. But again I want you to think about how much of your time is spent browsing the internet. Why are you doing it and is it stopping you from achieving what you want?
So let’s say you have a dream to write a novel but you never seem to find the time. You spend an hour or so on Facebook catching up with friends, you watch an hour or maybe 3 hours of TV in the evening and probably, although you’re not really sure on times, spend around 2 hours browsing the internet each week.
Let’s add that up.
Using 1 hour per day social media time.
1 hour each day watching TV.
2 hours per week browsing the internet.
That’s 16 hours a week.
832 hours per year.
That’s a lot of hours isn’t it?
(And many people spend much more time on each of these activities)
Let’s say that would be author cut back to just 8 hours in total each week on social media, watching TV and browsing the internet.
And let’s say that person could write 1000 words in 1 hour (That’s very doable).
That’s 8000 words in 1 week.
According to Writer’s Digest between 80,000 and 89,999 words is a good range you should be aiming for. (for an adult novel)
So based on our 8000 words a week, that would be author could easily have a first complete draft typed up in just 10 weeks.
Definitely worth thinking about isn’t it. Or better still actually doing.
What about fitting in some extra exercise?
What could you do in 8 hours a week?
According to NHS.UK To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do:
- At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and
- muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
Based on this information you only need a minimum of 4 hours and 30 minutes.
And what about completing those exercises on the course you paid for that will change your life?
Based on most of my courses, I would recommend that when you are working through a course to spend 20 minutes to an hour on the course each day for maximum benefits.
I estimate that if you spent just 20 minutes 5 times a week on these exercises and questions, you could complete the course thoroughly in around 3 weeks.
The information I share in this course can be life changing but only if it gets done. And to be honest doing a little bit once every few weeks isn’t effective.
So how are you spending your time?
If you are one of the people, who say ” I haven’t got time!”
And don’t worry if you are one of those people. Just be aware of how you really are spending your time and get honest with yourself.
Over to you.
What is your biggest time waster?