There Are 168 Hours Per Week For Everyone!
Life begins and ends one hour at a time. Let’s be honest, we all have 168 hours in a week. The difference between someone like Gary Vaynerchuk and yourself or myself for that matter, is simply what we do with our time.
So let’s look at what we truly have time for.
We start with 168 hours. But there are times in this block we can’t count on. So let’s clear out the basics.
How much sleep should I get?
We’ve all heard the phrase, “You need 8 hours of sleep.” The Sleep Health Journal says an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per day. But, if you look into the thing we NEED like REM Sleep, we may realize exactly what we need. I’ve read articles and reports trying to find what I need. I found that (for me) I have REM Sleep Cycles around 1.5 hours.
That means if I sleep in cycles of 1.5 hours then I’m getting the most out of my sleep. So for me, I know that I need about 7.5 hours of sleep per night. For example, last night I was asleep by 930 pm and up at 5 am, feeling like I could run the world.
If you want, please use this time to start doing your own research and find your prime sleep schedule. Please use resources like this report and anything else that helps you.
So for me, I spend 7.5 hours per night sleeping. That’s 52.5 hours per week spent sleeping. But since some people need more than me we’ll go on the top end and say 9 hours per night, which is 63 hours.
Now we have roughly 105 hours. That is still a lot of time!
But, some people work day jobs and don’t have much time to work on their dreams. So now let’s add in a full-time job with some decent over time. Let’s say you average 12.5 hours per week in over time. So that will be about 52.5 hours spent working on someone else’s dream. (If you work for yourself and are currently not at least putting in these hours then you need to pick it up!)
With work taken out of the remaining 105 hours, that leaves us with a total of 52.5 hours left.
But, there is still a lot of things we have to count for.
The next thing we have is our hygiene. So let’s say you spend 1 hour per day taking showers, washing your hands & we’ll throw in going to the bathroom as well. That leaves us with 45.5 hours.
Now, if you are like me and want good food then you have to prep and cook everything. So let’s say we take an hour for each meal to cook and eat. This is exclusive time cooking so you can still squeeze time out here while the grub is in the oven!
We now have 24.5 hours left in our week. Think about that! That is still enough time to work a decent part time job! lol
But, you may be dead set on having a day off in there. So let’s take away the 11 hours of our unused time on Sunday for church or just relaxing around the house.
That still leaves us with 13.5 hours left in our week.
So now, let’s go on a date with our significant other! Dinner and a movie? 3.5 hours!
It sounds like you aren’t that busy after all! You still have 2 hours per day, Monday through Friday, to work towards reaching your goals in life or simply relaxing and focusing on your happiness.
Remember one thing, this isn’t to tell you to work around the clock. This is to show you that if you analyse your patterns throughout your week you may find that you have a lot more time left that you were counting as busy when you really weren’t.
Break down your week and let me know what you found. How many hours do you waste per week acting busy, instead of being productive? Or are you finding that you are productive with your time?