When time is wasted, we lose energy.
I read the other day that the average person spends 16% of their day in front of a TV.
I did the math based on my sleep schedule and that would be about 3 hours for me (I haven’t owned a TV since 2006 but that’s aside from the point).
But that’s not all.
How about the 50 times per hour that the average person spends checking their email?
The countless Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat checks. We are addicted.
You may pride yourself on being a master multi-tasker but every study out there on multi-taskers shows that they are less productive than people with a singular focus.
The founder of Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller, wrote a phenomenal book on this called The One Thing. I’d highly recommend it if you want to be more productive.
Anyway, what about those lost minutes spent arguing with others on social media about their political beliefs or posting about how crappy your day was. And please don’t take that personal, I’m not talking about “you,” I am generalizing about people ?.
I listened to a podcast the other day and this guy was talking about “Teaching Pigs To Fly.” We all know that’s not possible. The pig won’t fly, but not only are you wasting your energy, you’d also be bothering the pig. It doesn’t WANT to fly!
Leave the pig alone and let others have their political beliefs. You aren’t going to persuade a Texan to stop keeping guns in his truck so let them be and use your energy for something productive.
Bad example? Don’t take it so literal 😛
This isn’t about politics, this is about directing your energy in a focused way.
So focused that you become energized, not deflated and exhausted.
Walk away from things that waste your energy.
Redirect your energy into things that will move yours and other people’s lives forward.
Misdirected energy adds up. It is time you’ll never get back.
I’d bet that we all waste at least an hour every day but that’s an extremely small estimate.
Snoozing the alarm clock, too long in the shower, cat videos, pointless conversations or arguments and on and on.
Where do you waste your time (i.e. energy)?
I’m not saying you have to cut all of that out 100%, downtime is a good thing.
My point is this – I’d be a billionaire if I got $10 every time someone said they don’t have enough time.
If “time” is the reason you don’t get back in great shape, then I bet you could find 30 minutes in your day to go for a walk, do a few squats and make a healthy meal.
I’m talking about simply redirecting your energy.
Just a hunch ?
If you’re saying “Shawn, you don’t even know. I run 7 companies, have 5 kids, a demanding husband, 4 dogs, a cat and a chinchilla, not to mention I’m in night school to get my Ph.D., I seriously DON’T have time” then here’s a challenge I have for you:
–> Print out 7 sheets of paper, 1 per day, and track how you spend your time (energy) from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, for 7 days.
Categorize the key areas: Work, sleep, social, social media, TV, wasted time, productive time, etc.
Don’t estimate. Account for EVERY minute for 7 days.
If you are so busy and “time” is the only thing stopping you from getting in the best shape of your life, I’ll bet that you can redirect 30 minutes per day at least 3 times per week into something that will move your health forward.
Let me know. I’m so confident you have extra time (energy) that I’d buy you lunch if I’m wrong. Of course, to buy you lunch you’d have to invest an hour with me, which if you had, could be used for a workout :p
Remember, wasted time is wasted energy. Redirect how you invest your time and you will have more energy.
Thanks for reading my friend. Have a great day!
Certified Personal Trainer
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