Have you been telling yourself that you will be a better version of yourself (start taking better care of yourself, learn a new skill, get your business to the next level, etc.) when you finally have the time? I am here to tell you that there is never going to be more time. We can only make time. I have worked with plenty of clients who complain that there is not enough time in the day, and then follow up later by telling me how they binged their favorite show last weekend.
We all know there is some time to be regained by watching a little less TV or spending fewer hours on social media each week, but there are probably little pockets of time you may not even realize you have each day. What if I told you there is valuable time in your day right now, and you can use it to get you closer to where you want to be in life?
What would you do with regained time?
There are countless audiobooks and podcasts focused on any topic you wish, and you can use them to enhance your life starting today. These resources are just sitting out there waiting for you to queue them up and fill those overlooked bonus minutes each day.
So where are these extra minutes hiding anyway?
Consider a twenty-minute commute to work each way, that's forty minutes per day. In one five-day workweek, that adds up to two hundred minutes or almost three and a half hours. If you are using public transportation for a commute, such as a train or subway, you have even more options for a great use of that time since you don't need to keep your eyes on the road. I know people who use a train to commute to work and spend 45 minutes each way every weekday, that adds up to seven and a half hours a week. Rather than scrolling through social media, you could read 2 full books on a subject you wish to master in one week. Even if you don't have a commute, you probably spend at least thirty minutes in the car over the course of a day just running errands (five minutes here, ten minutes there), that adds up to two and a half hours a week. Walking a dog for twenty minutes twice a day is more than four hours a week!
If you were to put that time to real use, what could you accomplish?
Just by listening while in the car, train, or while walking the dog you could:
*Learn a new language
*Learn new investment strategies
*Listen to lectures from an online course
*Learn the latest science related to health and nutrition
*Learn to train a pet
Take some time today to visualize your life exactly the way you wish it to be, and choose a podcast or audiobook with information that would move you closer to that ideal life vision. Give yourself the gift of new knowledge during one small time chunk that is currently not being fully utilized.