How To Fit Another 800 Hours Into Your Busy SchedulePosted on Jun 26, 2012 | 12 comments
I have to come clean and admit that at one point I had packed it in. I remember sitting back and saying to myself,
Put the dream away. Save for retirement. You've got a good thing here. Buy a new TV. Enjoy your family. Relax.
This is how I felt a few years ago. My life was just too busy. I had just had my second child, work was constantly building up, and by the day's end I was done. I couldn't see the point in trying anymore. I had chosen my path and that included being a father, husband, and worker. All the rest of the of things I wanted out of life would have to wait until my kids were grown. Finding the time just seemed impossible.
Fast forward 2 years later.
My family hasn't changed. I still go to work everyday. I still get tired at the end of the day. All the things I had in my life before that I blamed for bogging me down - they're all still here. And yet, so much has changed.
I created this blog. I've written hundreds of articles. Together, my wife and I completely paid off all our debt. We also managed to save and generate enough money to travel the world for at least 2 years while we work on sustaining our travel lifestyle.
Now, I'm not saying that what we've done is all that special. Anyone can do what we do. All it takes is a little change and commitment.
How many times have you heard or said something like this:
Yeah, I'd love to _________________, but we've just been so busy. Next week we have ____________________. And after that we have to go to _____________________. Last week little ________________ had a rash so I had to take him to the doctor and that set me back. Maybe next week I'll give you a call and we can sit down and figure out a time when we can start doing _____________________.
We've all said this. This is how we manage to get through our days. This is our excuse.
The truth is that we all have blanks to fill in and we always will. That will never change. There will always be something to take care of. Something will always come up that tries to prevent us from getting to the things we want in life. We know this, so why do we continue to let it impact us?
The 100 Hour Rule
I have this belief/theory that we can learn anything over the course of 100 focused hours. If we give ourselves the time to learn, we can do anything.
A college course is much less than 100 hours. You can read any book in less than 100 hours. You can lose 10 pounds in less than 100 hours. And you can start a blog in much less than 100 hours. You can even write and publish a book in less than 100 hours. 100 hours is a ton of time.
But who has 100 hours to spare?
100 hours is less than 5 days. 100 hours takes up about 1% of your year. 1% of your time to accomplish whatever you want. Seems like a good deal to me.
Take your 100 hours and break it up. Commit to studying and doing the same thing for 1 hour a day. In 3 months or so you'll have completed your goal. You'll have learned something new. You'll be on your way to where you want to be.
My 800 Hour Rule
Sounds crazy, right? 800 Hours! If 100 hours seems like a lot, 800 hours must seem impossible.
Well, let's first think about what we can do with 800 hours.
With 800 hours I know I could do whatever I wanted. I could start that business. I could write, edit, and publish that novel. I could easily run and train heavy for that marathon. I could learn to bake every kind of pie imaginable.
I use the 800 hour rule. I wake up at 4:00 AM every day and work until 6:15 AM. That gives me just over 2 hours a day to do whatever I want. I follow this same routine everyday. And following this small, morning ritual allows me to free up the rest of my day. By 7 AM I've already done what I "had" to do. I don't have to dwell on things all day. My mind is clear. I can enjoy my day with my wife and kids and friends.
Everyday?? But what about going out with friends? What about sitting down to watch a movie? What about sleeping in?
Yeah, this takes a bit of sacrifice, but it's not a big deal. How many ideas have you had after an evening of talk and wine with friends? How many times have you sat around late at night and said, that's awesome - tomorrow I'm going to do that! Now, how many times have you actually woken up the following day and put those ideas to work?
At some point, to get to where you want to be, you've got to make sacrifices. You have to do what it takes to produce the results you want. I find I regret my unfulfilled potential much more than I regret missing a movie or the big game.
800 hours a year is just under 2 hours and 15 minutes of work each day. With 800 hours one can achieve anything.
Block off the time. Create the habit. See the results.
It's worth it.
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