None of us have enough time! We are working a 40-50/hr a week job, we have to get the kids to where they need to go, groceries need to be bought, and appointments need to be kept. Even though we have hectic lives we find it somewhat lacking. We want more, more time for ourselves, more money, more health, more enjoyment, MORE,MORE, MORE!
According to Bankrate.com nearly 4 in 10 Americans (37%) have or want a side hustle. In addition to that, the HealthDay News found that over 75% of the population wants to get in shape and be healthy. Clearly, the desire is for more is there! So why are so many of us unable to start our side businesses or complete our weekly workouts? Simple, we feel we don't have enough time!
Not having enough time is code for my priorities aren't quite in the right order. We do have the time, we just don't always allot it to the most productive activities. If you truly want more time to work on yourself, side business, family time, or any passion you have, you need to create it! Ditching the following habits will create more time for you and foster a more productive lifestyle..
1. GOING OUT TO EAT!
Going out to eat ( one of my least favorite activities) is an incredible time and money consumer. First you have to drive to the restaurant, on average about 20 minutes each way. Next, you may or may not have to wait for a table. A conservative estimate, 15 minutes (sometimes you wait an hour, sometimes not at all). Now the actual dining experience, this time will vary on the type of restaurant. Comparing the last few times I went out to eat (had too, vacation!) I would say 50 mins is a reasonable time frame. Then add 10 more minutes to track down your server and pay the bill!
So what do we have? A total time commitment of 1 hour and 40 mins! Let's also not forget the amount of money you will spend! Not just the meal, but the service as well. Somehow restaurant owners have convinced us to pay their employee wages for them, crazy! (that's a post for another day!).
Save yourself an hour and 10 minutes staying home and eating some spaghetti!
Take a few moments to think of the actual amount of time you spend on dining out! Considering the average american eats out between 4-5 times per week ( report from the Simple Dollar) we are talking about a significant amount of time! That's up to 5 hours a week you can dedicate to yourself!
2. CALL A TV TIMEOUT!
I can not express enough how much time this has created for me. I started weaning down my TV time over a year ago. I was watching between 2-3 hours of TV a day during the week and 4-5 hours a day on the weekend! That's about 25 hours, an entire day. You think that is bad, consider this!
According to MarketWatch Americans spend "7000% more time watching TV than they do on their finances"
We spend more time watching people at work on TV ( Yes, TV is just other people working, they are called actors) then we spend on our own well being!
Take your time back! Ditch the TV. I started of slow, weened my way down. It took me a couple weeks but I was able to cut down my TV time to about 2.5 hours a week. I do like to watch the Patriots play on Sundays! Other than that, no TV and I don't miss it one bit!
Cutting out TV will create an entire day for most of us. AN ENTIRE DAY!!!!!!! Imagine an extra day in the week to work on your business, your health, your education, or your family goals. There are endless possibilities of what you can accomplish with that amount of gained time.
Throw out the remote and pick up your passion!
At the end of the day we all want things out of life. Some people end up with those things and some people don't. Those that do understand how to prioritize. They value themselves and see the value gained by ditching unnecessary time consuming activities.
You want more out of life? You want to achieve you HAPPYHEALTHYHUNDREDS lifestyle?
Start by taking the batteries out of the remote and cancelling the dinner reservations!
A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.