What we are about to say will be music to many people’s ears. For others, the opposite will ring true. Nonetheless, here it goes anyway: What you do in your free time will make or break you during your journey of success.
After all, so many people work Monday through Friday, or at least 30 to 50 hours per week. Unless you are constantly putting your foot on the gas pedal during working hours, or are a machine when it comes to productivity, it is going to be a challenge to get ahead of the competition. However, that is where nights and weekends come into play. Of course, mornings can play a big role in this as well — if you are using the waking hours to your advantage.
Most people say they are hungry, and they say they want to make their goals and dreams come true. Why wouldn’t they? Everyone wants to become the person they were meant to be. Everyone wants to work at a job they love. Everyone wants to have an endless amount of money in the bank. With that in mind, actions speak louder than words, and that especially rings true when you are traveling along your journey of success.
If you are spending your free time seeking entertainment, then you are choosing to have fun in your free time. You are not choosing to get closer to your dreams. Now, we aren’t trying to knock entertainment, because everyone deserves downtime and fun. However, if you are watching TV during all of your spare time, then you clearly are not passionate enough about making your wildest dreams come true. Not to mention, when you aren’t working on your goals and dreams, you can bet that someone else is. That is why so many successful people tend to not take any days off — because they are afraid the competition will pass them up if they do.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” — Earl Nightingale
Now, we aren’t saying you should work every hour of the day, because that is impossible, and you also deserve to take breaks. However, finding time to work on passion projects is easier than you think … if you are willing to go the extra mile.
Three places to find more time to conquer your goals and dreams outside of work:
- In the morning.
- At night.
- On the weekends.
It is really that simple. Just waking up an hour earlier to work on your goals and dreams can go a very long way, and the same thing can be said about spending an hour or two at night. The best part? You can choose one or the other, or both if you are extremely motivated.
In terms of the weekends, just think for a second how you spend yours…
Do you spend your weekends partying the nights away, or do you spend them doing things that will actually further you as a person? Once again, we aren’t saying you should work for eight-plus hours on Saturday and put in another session of work on Sunday — unless you want to. We are saying to make some time on the weekends for your goals and dreams.
There are a lot of phonies out there who say they put in 60-plus hours of work per week. These people better be getting a lot done, because 60 hours of work per week averages out to 12 hours a day if you work five days per week, and around 8.5 hours per day if you work seven days a week.
Many people might be at work for 60 hours a week, but in terms of actual work, they come up rather short. That is why you need to learn how to eliminate distractions and bring max focus into the mix. If you can do that, then you will likely spend less time on any given task, and you will also likely have a finished product you can truly be proud of. On top of that, you will have more time to do the things you love.
You can spend your time however you would like, fellow entrepreneurs, but make sure to always keep this in mind: What you do in your free time will make or break you.
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