Those who do not lead themselves to their summit end up being lead through someone else’s journey.
The following is the fundamental idea which lead my change in focus over the last few years and is why I am writing to the aether.
Looking at the evolution of how mankind’s survival has developed over the ages is quite intriguing.
Survival of the fittest is how it all started. Every man/woman fending for themselves or clan: hunting and gathering. With farming, our ancestors have been able to collectively set down their hunting tools and pursue something other than filling our stomachs on a daily basis.
Likewise the industrial revolution saw much of us flock to cities and into factories and provided everyone with more freedom to earn and the energy to pursue ones dreams which lead to advances, and even the creation of many other industries.
All of our advances have allowed us to unite in so many different enterprises which have all lead to the world in which we live in. The have provided us all with the opportunity/illusion that we can be who and what we want to be. Survival rates of just about everything are increasing. We are on the verge of prolonging life eternally, yet we seem to be stuck.
The idea that I am am finding hard to grasp is, why after so so much evolution does the majority of the population still hunt and gather for a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly sallery?
Is this how it has to be? Are we all fulfilling our life’s purpose? Can we do better? How can we all change the status quo?
It has become recently apparent that I am obsessed with time!
Time has the power to both imprison and empower us. It is the basis of our society and culture. Much of what we do and who we are is measured by it as it endlessly weathers our universe.
For me, time is the currency in which all debt is paid.
I’ve recently made it past the quarter century mark and can honestly say that I have been somewhat uneasy by the future that I have traded my last 25 years for. I have led a happy life so far, with some amazing achievements. I have always been motivated and goal orientated. Even still, the pit in my stomach is growing by the realization that I am still on track to live out my existence paying for time with time.
On average we are likely to spend about 100 hrs per week (including work, preparing for work, and sleeping), paying for the remaining 68 hours. Our lifestyles may be very different, but we are likely to have the same amount of time to reach our ambitions and follow our goals. But how can we achieve the many different things that we want and lead the life we desire if 68 hours a week is all we have to achieve it in?
Let’s look at how we spend our time so that we can actively reclaim as much of it as possible, instead of handing our precious currency over for the permission to make it to another pay check.
Work:(~50 hours a week) Because the time that we spend at work is an expectation imposed on us by external forces (culture, superiors, peers), our time spent at work is harder to compromise and steal into. Not for a lack of trying though, this is were our holidays, extended lunches and sick days come into play.
Sleep (~50 hours a week): We should be sleeping about as much as we spend at work, but because 68 hours a week is not enough time to chase our dreams, maintain relationships, do chores and loose hours of time in front of the TV, it is only natural that we are tempted to stay up later and wake up earlier. But at what cost? There are some pretty interesting techniques that people have come up with by sleeping less and still improving efficiency (will focus on this in a future post).
Freedom (~68 hours a week): I keep referring to an average of 68 hours a week as the amount if free time we have but for most people (including myself), which is a considerable overstatement: as work, study and other commitments tend to eat away at our energy so that all we want to do with what is left is to relax and not think.
How does your life look? Breaking down my life into the above 3 categories, 2 questions become immediately apparent:
- How can I move more time from the first to categories into freedom? and,
- What the hell have I been doing with 68 hours of spare time each week?!?!
If you are out there and have some ideas about reclaiming my time feel free to share :).