Do you really waste time? Einstein once said that creativity is the residue of time wasted. So is it really wasted, or is it a method of your mind’s agility restoring itself?
Either way, I suppose I could spend a little more time on work and with my kids and a little less time engrossed in podcasts or YouTube videos.
I downloaded this app called “RescueTime” recently (they have a very disagreeable logo/branding) and it’s amazing and scary and eye-opening to see how consistently my work levels ebb and flow.
I can see areas of the day where I relax for 2-3 hours, every single day. I also constantly feel like I’m about 6 hours behind at the end of each Friday.
If I can take those “wasted” hours and decrease them by 40%, I’d have a great balance and I’d have plenty of time to finish all of my things each week, still spend time with my kids, still get to the gym and workout, and (most importantly) I could get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
You will also feel zero guilt when you do burn a few hours on recreation or relaxation. You’ve worked hard and you know that this is your body and mind recharging itself for more work and a great purpose in your life.
See if you can find a way to track your “wasted” hours and optimize a little to squeeze more life out of your days.