How Do You Invest Your 8 Personal Hours?
We arguably spend eight hours sleeping, eight hours working and have eight hours of personal time on an average day. Give or take a little.
Those personal hours include personal hygiene, eating and other regular maintenance that you need to do. For purposes of the following exercise though, we will just assume you have eight hours of personal time.
Let’s say you only watch two hours of TV a day instead of the average of 4.5 hours. That represents a full 25% of your free time spent watching TV. Is this good, educational or thought provoking TV or is the depressing and mind numbing variety. Given that you are giving up one-quarter of your free time I hope it is valuable TV that enriches your life.
Financial planners tell us we should invest 10% of our earnings. This seems like a small and reasonable amount. Wealth and finances are theoretically (I don’t necessarily find that to be so in our household) are infinite resources. Time on the other hand is a finite resource. We all have 168 hour a week. We can’t bank it. We can’t borrow more. We can’t buy it; or at least not directly (outsourcing is a topic for a different day). Yet we squander our time in ways would not consider squandering our money. What if you invested 10% of your weekday free time? That is just a little over three- quarters of an hour a day. What if that time was invested in exercise and health? That investment, just like the financial investment, would get paid back with interest. You feel more relaxed and more contented. You feel more energetic so you get more done in less time. You have heard me say it before. Exercise and a healthy diet doesn’t cost time or energy, it makes time and energy. Following this simple concept I have lost about 60 pounds since August and now get more done and do not feel “too tired to do anything.” For such a small investment, you can reap a large return.
If you study people who achieved great things you find that they have invested in their health. You will also notice that they spend time learning new and interesting things. As you learn new things you create new neural pathways leading to a healthy brain and renewed interest in life. What if you spent another 10 % of those hours, a mere 48 minutes, learning new things? The relief from the day to day routine and a higher functioning brain are a great return on your investment.
What Are You Going to Do?
When time is gone it is, well, gone. You can’t get it back. What are you going to do this week to invest your free time wisely? Why not share with the blog and get the investment multiplier of accountability working for you?