More Time equals More Life

In this Article we are going to take a look at how you can have MORE TIME in your Life. More Time for the Things you are passionate about ant more importantly, more time for yourself!

We are going to take a look at how implementing a schedule and how planning out your days, weeks, months and even years can help you in achieving your goals.

Because in today’s society people feel stressed and they feel like they have little to no time to get anything meaningful done. We are living in a fast-paced and fast-adapting society where we are constantly faced with new technologies – of which most of them are more positive than negative!

We live in a world where we are connected and online most of the time, the Internet and Social Media have a big influence on our lives and we can and should utilize them to progress, not to stand still or even move backwards.

The Internet is an amazing invention and today it is easier than it has ever been before to acquire knowledge and information – therefore feel blessed and use it to your advantage!

Let’s quickly analyze Time – our most valuable resource in Life.

Time is the only thing we can’t get back and therefore it is more important than anything else. We have to value our time and try to make the best out of it. The grains of sand in the universal hourglass are constantly moving. Every single day we have the opportunity to choose what we do with our precious time. It is up to you to decide if you want to make the most of your time or if you want to just let it pass.

No matter which option you go for, the time past cannot be recollected.

You can’t travel back in time (at least not yet) and you can’t have more than 24 hours in a day. We all have the same 24 hours, whether we live on one side of the planet or the other.

Everybody has the same 24 hours.

You have more Time than you think

Okay, let’s break this down. This one will probably offend you if you have not figured it out already. As mentioned, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and we all have the opportunity to decide WHAT we are going to do with our time. Let’s assume a generic and most applicable scenario for this breakdown.

Let’s assume that within 24 hours, your time is split up like this:

  • Sleep – 8 hours
  • Work – 8 hours
  • Travel and commute to work – 2 hours
  • Cooking, eating, household, and grocery shopping – 3 hours

If your schedule looks like this, then you have 3 hours a day which you can fully utilize to do something you are passionate about.

Those 3 hours are fully yours and no one can take them away from you. Now you could use those 3 hours to watch TV – like most of the people do – or you could use those 3 hours to WORK ON YOURSELF. 3 Hours a day, that makes 21 hours a week. 21 Hours a week makes about 84 Hours per Month. Multiply that with 12 Months and we roughly get 1008 Hours a Year.

Imagine for a moment, what you could achieve in 1000+ Hours of practice, self-development and honing your skills in just a single year!

This brutally honest and calculated approach shows you, that you actually have more time than you think. If you work less than 8 hours and/ or sleep less than 8 hours a day you have even more time! Using our time is all about setting priorities, so what are your priorities?

How do you use your 3 hours a day?

You could learn new skills, read books or work on an existing skill of yours – or you can watch TV and effectively waste those precious hours. Now I’m not going to tell you what to do with your time, in the end, it is your life and your decision what you make out of it and I am just a guy writing some posts on the internet.

All I’m going to do is show you that there’s an alternative. That there’s a way how to make the most of your time and to show you, that you, in fact, have more time on your hands than you think.

The Importance of Weekly Schedules

This seamlessly complements the importance of having a weekly schedule. Planning out your week in advance will not only show you what you have to get done this week and what you are doing with your time, but it also helps you in being more relaxed and feeling less stressed.

Now don’t freak out – planning out a week probably doesn’t take more than 1 Hour of work.

I like to plan out my week ahead on Sundays when I feel most relaxed. I usually put entries in my calendar for whatever is up this week. I decide IN ADVANCE what I am going to do each day – this relieves me from the danger of wasting time. I know exactly what to do and when to do it – I don’t feel like I don’t have enough time anymore. And because this has helped me in getting a better grip on my time, I want to share it with you.

How do you best plan out your week?

Well If you respond to our earlier discussed schedule then I’d say it’s best practice to go from the bigger, more time-consuming tasks to the smaller ones. Plan when you will be going to work and how many hours you will be working. Plan when you want to get your groceries done. If you are going to school or you are a student, then do the same just for school matters. If you are into sports, plan out your workouts or training sessions in advance.

Then you will see what spots are free.

In those free spots, you can now implement things that you “feel like you don’t have the time for”. Maybe you love reading books but never get to it? Maybe you are passionate about playing an instrument or maybe you are working on something but due to long working hours, you just can’t get ahead.

This is your moment! Take your time and plan out your week accordingly. Set priorities for yourself. Set priorities so that you won’t feel like you wasted your time.

This is so effective that it will have a lasting and positive impact on your brain. You will feel excited to wake up on a new day because you already know what your tasks are.

You will feel motivated and excited because you know that you CAN and WILL take the time to work on whatever you love.

You will feel thankful and grounded because you actually HAVE THE TIME to work on yourself.

Like I mentioned before, we all have more time on our hands than we think – and by implementing a weekly schedule we will realize it even better.

Calculated Breaks

There is one simple catch with your time – you have to take time to take a break.

Although sentences like “sleep is for the weak” and “work harder and longer than everybody else” have a true core and are not to be taken lightly, there is something vital missing – the importance of calculated breaks.

Imagine your body being a machine, your work hard and long hours and you don’t take any breaks whatsoever – what is the most possible thing that will happen?

Your engine will overheat and you will take some damage.

This is why it is important to have some small calculated breaks where your engine can cool down.

It is not a coincidence that computers have an intern fan to cool it down, that cars have a radiator grill to prevent the engine from overheating and that we have four seasons.

It is only natural to heat up and cool down.

So it is important that we also take time to cool down. This will not only prevent us from taking serious physical or psychological damage (talk about burnouts) but it will also help us replenish our energy and being in a better and more effective state to get things done.

Be your own Referee and take some time out

So whilst planning out your week, consciously and actively implement those little calculated breaks.

It is absolutely no shame to watch a movie once in a while. It is absolutely not a waste of time if you love to play video games and implement a certain time-window in your weekly schedule to do so. You could use those calculated breaks to take a bath, to have a drink with friends or whatever you love to do.

The important thing is balance, life is all about balance and thus it is vital to have a balance between working and resting.

There is a difference between binge-watching a series or actively select to follow your favorite show on given times. Remember that it is your decision what you make out of your time and remember that no matter how much you want to get done in a day (or a week) you have a given amount of time on your hands.

So think of yourself like a highly-productive engine that simply needs to cool down from time to time in order to not overheat and take serious damage.

Don’t freak out

Last but not least, let’s talk about patience.

Patience is key in life. Patience is a key factor in having true and lasting success in life. Nothing happens overnight and if you look at some of the most influential and successful human beings this world has brought us you will realize that none of them got famous overnight. None of them did something once and it turned out to be the life-changing and million-dollar-generating switch.

More likely, these people worked long hours – heck even years – to achieve what they have achieved. So we can assume that those people had patience. They knew that they were working on something bigger and they didn’t freak out when it didn’t work out the first time.

Remember Thomas Edison’s famous quote:

“I haven’t invented the light-bulb, I have found out 1000 ways how not to invent one”.

I love this quote because it shows you the work-ethic of such a meaningful person. They embrace failure and setbacks and take them as motivators to get even better.

This is why it is so important that we don’t freak out when things don’t go our way. There is almost always something we can learn from our failures and setbacks. If we have a positive attitude towards them, they will help us get stronger, better and more efficient.

So if you feel inspired to plan out your week and implement a weekly schedule – do your best, but don’t freakĀ out if it doesn’t always work out as you wanted it to. Life is full of unexpected turns and most of the time, we can not calculate them. They will happen and it’s something natural.

Take it easy and royally nod off inevitable changes. You are the CEO of your life and you don’t let inevitable things distract you or take you down. Take good care of your time and your time will reward you.

Improvise – Overcome – Adapt

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12 thoughts on “More Time equals More Life

  1. Tfousle says:

    Thank you for this post, I really needed to see this right now. I have been in the dumps lately, thinking I’m out of time to do all these things I want to do or not even knowing what I want to do. I will feel l’m out of time (or too old) to do things such as get a better job or start a family. I’m only 23 and I feel pretty darn stuck.

    This has really opened my eyes a little. I have been giving my time away for years now to make money, but not doing anything for myself, besides sulk about how I don’t have time to do anything. I think I’m going to try and make myself a schedule and get myself motivated. Thank you, very motivational post.

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    1. Simon says:

      I am glad that I could inspire you a bit. Trust me, I know exactly how you feel and sometimes it just hits all of us. That’s just life. It’s all about how you respond to it and how you deal with it. Take the positives, you are still pretty young and you could make up for the time “lost” easily. Creating a weekly schedule has really helped me a lot in finding MORE time to do the things I want to do – so I hope it can do the same for you!

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  2. Kinggold19 says:

    Wow, what a very useful and insightful article. Time is an asset and when wasted becomes a liability. Time wasted can’t be regained but you can schedule the remaining of your time to do something good for your self like building your self or working on an existing talent you already have, and I like the fact that they are outlined here in order of priority. Manage your time very well to able to look back and say that you’ve achieved something great. Thumbs up. 

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    1. Simon says:

      Thank you for your kind words. Time is indeed our most valuable asset and we should, therefore, manage it wisely. We can always recoup lost money but we can never recoup our lost time. I like the way you compare time to an asset or a liability depending on how we use it! 

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  3. Gom says:

    I appreciate the suggestions. 

    But how do you implement all these if you’re in the situation like I’m having right now? Here in the Philippines, things move so slow. The internet is very slow, traffic movement on the roads are very slow, then add to the chaos the frequent power outage because a power-line has broken from yet another location and needed to be fixed. Then, add to that the challenge of having social media snatched you out from doing what needs to be done in the day, and before you ever know it, a whole day have passed and you have very little accomplishment you can look up to.

    It’s so easy to listen to suggestions when you’re living in a normal world. But how do you do that in an abnormal world? Like in the Philippines or in war-torn Syria?

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    1. admin says:

      That is a very good question you asked there. I just came back from a fortnight’s stay in Ghana (Africa) and therefore understand what you mean by things moving slow (Internet, Traffic, Power Outages). It is indeed more difficult to implement and follow this if you’re not living in the “normal” world.

      My advice would be to improvise and adapt those suggestions to the situation you are in. Pick out the things you like most and you think can be of good use to yourself and try them out. If you have no electricity or internet it’s always a good opportunity to read books or practicing some skill you’d like to develop. If stuck in traffic, why not listen to a downloaded podcast? That’s what helped me out whenever we had to wait in traffic or had no electricity. 

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  4. Chris Anyomi says:

    Time is golden.This article is very conscientious about time keeping and planing of day to day activities.No matter how tight your job schedule is,if you plan your time and plan for future you won’t be choke with time often. It is all about knowing what you should and draft your schedule timely against future events

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    1. Simon says:

      You are absolutely right my friend! Most of us have a tight and busy schedule already but there’s always a couple of hours we can find to follow something that interests us. Thinking long term instead of short term can also help us to stay motivated in our scheduling.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  5. David says:

    Hi Simon, and thanks for such a great article. There must be thousands of articles, books written about TIME. I absolutely agree with you that TIME is the most valuable thing we possess. And at the same time, we wasting it every day for some stupid things. But TIME is not standing still, we are running out of time, the clock is ticking. If only we can stop for a second and think about how much time we are waisting every day! My guess, probably around 25% of our life’s time is wasted on things that don’t matter. Sad, very sad. And only a few of us truly understand the value of TIME.

    Thanks again and best of luck.

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    1. Simon says:

      I feel honored that you enjoyed this article. You nailed it, time is our most valuable asset and we all fall victim to wasting some time here and then. But as long as we remember that our time is limited and that we can, in fact, manage it wisely we can do great things with our time to improve our lives. May your time be worth it and your wishes fulfilled, David.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  6. arnaiemhasan says:

    Hello ,

    This is really a great post . I think , everybody should read your content . It is called that life also changes overtime . Using the right time , the meaning of life can be understood .I love this quote because it shows you the work-ethic of such a meaningful person. I believe that this content will be help to understand this area . I will share it with my friends . Thanks for sharing this excellent article .

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    1. Simon says:

      Thank you so much for checking out this article! Life does change over time, in fact, we change every second of the day. Did you know that we are subliminally influenced by EVERY person we meet? Literally, everybody we meet influences us, most of the time we don’t even realize it but it happens. So yes, life changes over time as we are in constant motion. 

      Life can only be understood backward but it must be lived forwards. We learn from looking back but we act by looking ahead.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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