Many people I know complain to me, or just generally, about having hectic lives. They claim they never have time to do anything due to the extreme busyness of their lives. These people come in a range of shapes and sizes, from a variety of backgrounds, and they always seem to have this one problem. Well, today ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to call bullshit on that.
Often, over the last 2 years, I have surprised people by saying that I was an overloaded university student who worked at least 30 hours a week. Somehow this was a sign that I have amazing time management skills, and a high level of commitment. As good as this was for my ego, it’s not even slightly true.
The thing about time is, in this day and age, we have too much of it. Now I’m not talking about the single mothers who work full time… they obviously don’t have time. I’m talking about the university students who live off centrelink, or the bachelors with one job. We have tonnes of time; it’s just that a ridiculous quantity of it is wasted.
Let’s look at a standard full time worker for example: There are 168 hours in a week. Now obviously, people need to sleep. Even if you get an average of 8 hours sleep a night, that leaves 112 hours of waking time left over. Take out your standard full time 38 hours of work, 5 hours of lunch breaks, 21 hours of household activities, and 10 hours of travel every week, that leaves almost 40 hours of free time every week. On average that leaves 5 and a half hours free time every day. Nearly a quarter of every day is therefore, unaccounted for.
These days, with the ability to spend hours watching TV, or sitting on Facebook, it’s so easy to waste gratuitous amounts of time. Everyone does it, because no one is productive for 100% of their waking hours. It intrigues me, what we could achieve if we used all of our time? What if no time was wasted on distractions, or pointless activities? Either way, the point is, life is not as full as we think it is… we simply have to realise when we are being distracted.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on time… any comments, go for your life below.
Your blogging friend, Mitchell.