It’s About Time

I was introduced to this math recently.

What I’m about to describe is pretty extreme. Not many of us live at these extremes. Most of us have more margin than this. And if you don’t, you need to make some.  (But that’s another post for another time.)

So, check this out.

If you work sixty hours a week…

Now, I know for some of us, this is extreme.  But for others of us, this is the norm.  If this is normal, I would challenge you to look at how much work you are actually getting done in those sixty hours…really.

Ok, so if you work sixty hours a week, and you sleep for eight hours a night…

Ah, now I’ve struck the chord of extreme.  Some of you are reading this only now realizing that you were seven years old the last time you got a full eight hours. Be that as it may, let’s think in big numbers for a bit.

If you work sixty hours in a week, and you sleep eight hours a night, you would be left with fifty-two hours. Fifty-two hours a week that are all yours to do with as you please.

That’s a lot of time.

So, what are you doing with your fifty-two hours?

Malcolm Gladwell writes about the  Law of 10,000 Hours.  The principle that to truly become an expert at something you need to put in your 10,000 hours. I’ve heard some say that averages out to around five to ten years depending on your intensity.

10,000 hours. Now that’s a lot of time. Definitely an overwhelming number when you’re at the beginning.

But as I recall, I just gave you fifty-two hours a week (probably more) to get started.

What’s that thing you’ve been meaning to do? That thing you just haven’t had the time to get around to?

Now, don’t get me wrong. You need down time. You need time to re-charge.  That’s a nonnegotiable.

But, of the fifty-two hours that are completely yours to do with however you choose, what if just twenty of those hours were set aside every week to start and ship your latest idea?  Your latest challenge? your latest art? What if?

Suddenly, “I don’t have time” is no longer an excuse.



Thanks to Andy Stanley for doing the math.

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