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Unpopular Opinion: There is always time

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I’m sure the title of this article has already amassed the skeptics and pessimists around the globe, uniting them to crush this fantastical idea that we have more time than we realise. They better listen up then.

Break it down…

Each day contains 24 hours, that’s 1,440 minutes. What do we do with that time?

  • 7 hours sleeping (the minimum hours of required sleep)
  • 8 hours working (for those with 9-5 jobs)
  • 4 hours misc. (eating, drinking, getting changed, driving to work, remembering halfway to work you left the iron on etc.)

19 hours. Leaving you with 5 hours of empty time. This is where the majority of your excuses will end up. Either you have kids or you need to mow the lawn, do the washing, clean the house, take the garbage out, whatever. This is when you should shift your perception not to see these things as immovable duties, but as things you can improve or change to ensure you have enough time to do those things outside of work.

If you’re like me, and think all your time should be spent doing something productive (like work) then you usually fill those hours with the not-so enjoyable things. However, your sanity is the highest priority when it comes the consistency and quality that your work expects of you. We need to, in this spare time, take upon things that are a complete circuit breaker from work, to start or continue those things we’d always wanted.

Overcoming obstacles

This is when the biggest obstacle manifests itself, “feeling like doing it”. I’m currently working on an hour and a half long screenplay and understand that at the end of the day, you just sometimes don’t feel like it. You’re drained from the day you’ve just had and all creativity is still shell shocked from being sat in front of a computer screen all day.

This is just another obstacle to overcome.

Does this mean you channel all your creativity into your projects in the mornings, before work? Is there something that will get your motivation flowing to complete something else?

We live very hectic lives, we work hard, slaves to our alarm clocks. It’s not a matter of searching for this time to do what you’ve always wanted, you have to hunt for it, capture it and become master of it.

 

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Author: Ryan Prestipino

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