When I talk to people about different issues they have, one struggles rises to the top as the number one problem they face: time. Better stated, the LACK of time. From work-home-life balance to getting things done, we all struggle with time. And you know what I have discovered, it’s all your own fault.
Research shows that Americans average 5.3 hours of leisure time per day (4.8 hours on weekdays and 6.5 hours on weekends and holidays) and over half that is spent in front of the television.
We don’t just waste time at home, according to a 2005 joint study by AOL (formerly America Online) and Salary.com, employees at work waste 2.09 hours on average in an eight-hour workday—and that doesn’t even include the time they take off for lunch.
Why do we do this to ourselves? We hit the snooze button and over-sleep making us late for work or school. Then we don’t have a plan for the day making us unprepared and unorganized. Throughout the day we say YES to too many of the wrong things and NO to better things making us unfocused. All while we waste too much free time making us lazy. And finally we go to bed too late making us repeat the cycle. It’s a viscous cycle re often repeat day after day.
What can we do to fix this?
The answer is very simple: it’s easy. Self-discipline is not fun. It forces us to go to bed at a decent hour and wake up early. It makes us say “no” to a lot of really great (and fun) stuff. Self-discipline costs us the “freedom” to do whatever we want, when we want.
“Whoever submits himself to a super-discipline can expect great triumphs.” – Samael Aun Weor
The truth is the results outweigh the costs. We have more time to enrich our lives through relationships. We can get more done with the extra hours (or margin) we “create” when we spend our time more wisely. We may even discover new ways to spend out time to serve the community and world around us.
It’s time to face the facts, if you don’t have enough time to get all the things done you need to, you only have yourself to blame. Only you can control your actions. If you have given that control over to someone else, it’s time to get it back and start spending you time in wiser ways. No one else can control you better than you can.
Eliminate as many time wasters out of your day as possible. Spend less time in front of a screen: television, Xbox, social media, etc. Cut your game playing time in half and see what happens. You don’t need to watch that next video in your que. Give yourself the best chance for success by waking up and going to bed earlier.
Remember to make consistent smaller steps until your achieve success.
The saddest thing.
Like I said earlier, I talk to a lot of people who struggle with time and later when I follow up with them, they usually have made ZERO changes and they feel worse than before we chatted. They were stressed out before we talked, I gave them some solutions, and now they feel guilty for not making the changes I suggested.
Life change takes sacrifice. Self-discipline requires hard work and dedication. But you have to realize the only difference between you and any of the super successful people you want to be (or be like) is the amount of dedication and work they have put in.
Success doesn’t come over-night and result are not immediate. It’s tough to remain focused for long periods of time, so make sure you give yourself some grace when you mess up, because you are bound to. You’re only human.
You have just one life to live. Start living that life in a more self-disciplined way and begin to realize the full potential this life has to offer.
Are you tired of not having enough time? Are you ready for the sacrifice of self-discipline? Because if you are, there is NOTHING you cannot do!
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