Game of Thrones the TV series has ended. The total hours needed to watch the whole series is about 80 hours. To get the private pilot certification requires about 60 hours of flight time.
By the time you finish season 6 of the series, the other person would have completed the private pilot certification and would have embarked on a new journey in her life. I am not saying whoever watch Game of Thrones has wasted their life. Rather, I would like the reader to think about the time that they have to spend that is not on creating or learning but consuming.
There are many excuses for us not to pursue our dreams. One of them is not having the time. Author Peter Brett wrote his first book while on his daily commute inside the New York subway. Every day he would write about 400 words. Over two years, he has written 100,000 words. After published his first novel, he soon quit his job and become a full-time writer. If he did not write his novel during his daily commute, he would not have been established writer.
How you spent your time, actually adds up. If you improve 1% a day, in 72 days you would have doubled your capability.
However, many of us are not willing to even give themselves a chance to improve 1% a day. To improve, takes effort, commitment and time. Ask yourself, are you willing to put in the time to improve 1% a day?
Do the most important task first. Brian Tracy says is well, “Eat the frog”. Do the most important task of the day. By doing it, it eases up your mind without having to think about it. The more we think about the task, the more we procrastinate then less likely we will get it done.
Find pockets of time. If you are on a long commute, find something to do. When I drive, I listen to Podcast and audio books. I improve by listening. What are you going to do while waiting in life? Blindly scroll through social media? Or pull out a book to read?
Set a standard. Pockets of time of five minutes and 15 minutes are different. As for how you will spend the time is different. Here is how I spent pockets of my time.
Less than five minutes. I would reach out to some friends on my chat application whom I have not contacted for more than 1 month.
More than five minutes. I would read some e-books on my phone. The topics are social media marketing, machine learning and leadership.
Time to relax? Then relax. We are not machine Setting a time to relax is important. Do something that you enjoy and do not feel guilty about it. Set a time, stop when the time is up. Maintain the discipline and fight the resistance of procrastination. Yes. You can watch Game of Thrones.
Everyone is given 24 hours a day. It is up to you how to spend it. How you spend your day is how you spend your life. And it all adds up. Go and get some.