If only there were more hours in the day, we would be happier, richer and more content.
All of us tend to have big plans for all the exciting things we’re going to do with our lives and even just our evenings – but often they just don’t come into fruition.
These include plans to get into better shape, to fix our diet, to learn a language, to go traveling, to spend more time with friends, to look for alternative jobs…
All of these are things that could legitimately make our lives better and help us to get more out of them.
But then we get home from work and we crash.
We hit the sofa, we turn on the TV and we just lie there watching it. And often we don’t move for the rest of the evening.
Spend a little time cooking as well, getting washed, washing dishes and putting the kids to bed (if you have them) and before you know it – the day is over.
So much for those plans – as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions!
So again – if only you had more time. If only you had time, then you’d be in better shape, you’d have a better job, you’d get to enjoy time with your friends, you’d read books…
Time is the problem.
Or is it?
Because actually, when you stop and really think about it, you’ll probably find that you did have the time all along. Ask yourself: if you don’t have any time, how is it that you managed to watch that entire box-set of 24 recently. That is literally an entire day you managed to squeeze in last month.
And how many hours have you spent watching useless videos on YouTube? How much time have you spent on the train, tube or bus on the way to work. Couldn’t you have been working, reading or learning a language then? Or maybe catching up with a friend?
Did you really need to sleep 11/12 hours on Sunday?
What did you do that last Saturday you had free?
Suddenly, it becomes very apparent that you have lots of time. Time is not the problem after all. And so it follows that time management isn’t the solution.
The problem is energy.
The reason you crashed out in the evenings is because you had no energy after a tough day at work.
The reason you spent half of Sunday in bed, is because you were recovering from an intense week.
The reason you just stared out of the window on the tube home is because you didn’t have any mental bandwidth left to do anything more useful.
Energy management is the answer.
And so is looking after your health to have more energy.