10 Shockingly Simple Ways To Find Time For Things Other Than Your Day Job
@eyegor has an interesting request for a common problem everyone seems to have these days:
"I need help! I've read hundreds of ideas from dozens of lists and have even created my own by I STILL find myself struggling to accomplish the things I WANT to do.
It seems that I barely have time to do the things I NEED to do.
My primary income source requires 8-12 hr days, 5 days / week. I not only want to keep working on additional income streams; but also find enough time, motivation, and energy for household chores, hobbies, and self improvement. But nothing I've tried so far has made this process automatic or even any easier.."
A couple years back, hours after Basketball Legend and 5x NBA Champion Kobe Bryant tragically died, I was talking to a friend about it.
And he said:
- "Ai! It's a pity. He spent most of his life working. And just when he retired and could finally start doing what he wanted, he died!"
To which I replied:
- "REALLY? You really THINK SO? You KIDDING me? Are you smokin'? somethin' I don't know about? He spent most of his life working? Bro, there's millions of people who would PAY money to be able to do the "work" he did. More like he's so lucky he spent his whole life "playing" instead of working. So that... in spite of his relatively short life... he can at the very least look back on having lived his life with less regrets than the average guy."
Which brings me to an important point:
I don't know why this is so prevalent in society nowadays, but people seem to no longer understand the difference between "work" and "play". And in case that's you, let me clue you in...
It's not "work" if you're having fun doing it!
And as Mark Twain once said...
- "Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Which brings me to my next point:
A lot of people live their life by what I call, Picasso's dichotomy. What's Picasso's dichotomy?
I think the wise man explains it best:
- "Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time." ~ Pablo Picasso
Which, sadly, is how most people live their life. They wake up at the sound of the clock. Grind away, slave away, and burn away at a job that isn't fun at all, just to make some coin so they can do what they enjoy in their spare time. And this is the absolute worst strategy you could ever have when it comes to living your life.
A lot of people will tell you that:
- "If you manage your time well, you can do a lot on the weekends. You just have to suck it up the rest of the week. Once you retire with enough money in the bank, you can do anything you want."
And they'll tell you that you just have to use this time management tactic, or this productivity hack, and that hack...
This is the problem with thinking in tactics instead of thinking in strategy.
You no longer see the forest for the trees.
Let's say that everything they say is true. You can manage your time well enough to somehow squeeze in the stuff you really find fun on the weekends. Or after work. Or in the micro-minutes between your work. And you just have to suck it in and bear with it for a couple more years until you retire. Or until your side-income stream or hustle that you're doing hopefully comes to fruition. So it can replace the income from your job and you don't have to work no more.
Here's the problem:
How do you know you're gonna retire? In fact, how do you know you're gonna live that long? Or that you'll even live till the end of the month? Unless you're God, no one knows that. No one truly knows their time. Things happen that we could never imagine.
Don't believe me? Ask Kobe.
Just imagine what would have happened to him if he decided to batch up on some high-paying job that he hated, like maybe being a lawyer, just to make money... so he could save up money (or built a side-income stream big enough) to finally do what he really wanted to do when he retired with enough cash.
And then shortly after he retired... the helicopter crashes and...
You get the picture.
If there's something you really want to do, do it now. And get paid to do it. Because we're living in the best time in history right now. Ignore the news. If you've been following James for any amount of time, you know by now that there's a HUGE difference between what the news says is happening and what is actually happening.
Opportunities are everywhere right now.
You can literally get paid these days doing anything you ever wanted. Anything.
So why on earth would you want to work a job that isn't what you really want to do, so you can rack your brain after work to figure out a list of 10 ideas on how to find time to do what you really want?
That just boggles my mind.
Find a job that at least pays you to do what you want to do... right now!
That's right. Get paid to do what you want to do. Stop getting paid to do what you don't want to do, so you can do what you want to do.
Here's 10 tips to help you get started:
1. Just do it.
2. Do it now.
3. Start small but do it now.
4. Don't wait, get started right now.
5. You can do it.
6. Just do it.
7. Like I said, just get started and make it happen.
8. At the very least, I think it should be way easier for you to think of 10 ideas to get a job that pays you to do what you want to do...
... than to try to think of 10 ideas to find time to do what you want to do, in your spare time (which you don't have any of) when you're not doin' what you don't want to do, which you're actually just doing so you can eventually do what you want to do sometime in future that may or may not come.