You never have any time to work on your 4-Hour Workweek lifestyle? This is trick is for you and will add hours to your days to grow your muses.
I just had a massive epiphany. I already “kinda knew” it in the back of my mind but I never took the time to actually sit down and calculate it AND take action on the results.
I always say “I wish the day was 50 hours there’s no way I can do everything I want to do in just 24″… I never have time, days always fly by and since I work from home, I feel like I spend a crazy amount of time on dumb, unproductive things like:
- preparing food, cooking
- washing the dishes + oven
I was always accepting this “as a reality” and never really thought about it carefully. But today I was really in the mood for optimizing everything and finding more time for myself… and so I did…
I’ve been writing down the time I spend preparing, cooking & cleaning my food for almost a year now and I consistently waste 2 full hours per day doing just that (excluding the time to actually eat). TWO full hours per day, EVERY day, 365 days a year! Then I wondered, how much time is that per year? 2 hours x 365 = 730 hours.
Since I’m awake 15 hours per day, it means that 730 / 15 hours = 49 days.
Yes, you’ve read right, we spend around 49 FULL DAYS preparing food, cooking it, then cleaning up! WOW. So if I could get rid of most of this, I could “make” time for other things I like more or time for learning, improving my business, etc!
Now you need to know that I love cooking, but not 21 times per week! I like cooking 2 or 3 times per week with friends or making something nice for myself once in a while but other than that, I find cooking to be an annoyance: I just need the nutrients and energy to do what I love doing!
So why not get rid of those ineficiencies?
One of the things I hate about buying prepared food is that it’s always full of crappy cheap ingredients (palm oil, etc) or just plain unhealthy or filled with unwashed food that is full of pesticides. But since I now live beside an organic store I have access to amazing lunches for less than 6 to 12$ per meal.
12$ per meal!! I don’t have 36$ per day!! Ok, wait. First of all, your food already cost something. You are probably spending around 7 to 10$ per meals on most of your meals. Let’s say 6$ for skeptics. That’s 18$ per day. So now this means you’ll spend an extra 18$ (36 – 18) to get 2 free hours. Not bad. Remember that if instead of cooking you take 30 min out of those 2 hours to make money (stay at work, do something that make money at home, etc), could you make that 18$ back? Most probably. And you’ll STILL be net 1h30 minutes per day.
But even there, I didn’t count the value of your time. Let’s say you earn 20$ an hour and you spend 2 hours cooking per day, it means that you make 40$ LESS then otherwise. See where I’m going?
There are always ways to find time or solutions. In my case, I’d much rather get my 2 hours back for 18$ and work 1 hour on my business and 1 hour to read or train or learn and reinvest in myself. Imagine having ONE full hour MORE per day to READ? How much more would you know after a year? If you read 1 page per minute, that means 60 pages per day x 365 = 21 900 pages = about 73 BOOKS! That knowledge can then be used to raise your salary even more, work on dream projects, free-up more time and so on. A virtuous circle.
There you go: if you want to find 49 extra FULL days in your years to work on your side projects, learn, take vacation or whatever all you need to do is STOP COOKING and buy great organic already-made lunches. Or you could find other ineficiencies in your life and address them.
The possibilities are endless, stop saying that “you don’t have enough time”.