We only have 24 hours a day. We have to make choices. As many of you know, one of my hobbies is playing video games. I played Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 over the weekend and dabbled in the multiplayer a bit. I had a great time but realized I don’t have the time to add yet another video game to my day. Couple that with my Dad’s situation, and it just isn’t viable.
To learn how to play a video game, like Call of Duty for the console (Xbox), it takes a lot of game play. About 5-6 hours a day. Like other Call of Duty games, there are weapons to level up, your character needs to level up, and you need to learn how all the new systems work. It takes a lot of research, reading, watching YouTube videos and all the rest. So, Call of Duty MW2 will not be part of my game play, maybe on the weekends, but not during my week.
The reason I bring this up, is because we all have choices to make, when it comes to our schedule. We only have so much time, and we need to determine what is in our best interest. For me, exercise, reading, writing, interacting on social media, my spiritual practices, and of course my video game play are all the choices I made about my day.
The best way to determine what you can do with the time you have, particularly if you work on top of all the things you need to do to take care of yourself, is to list out all the things you’d like to do.
Here’s an example:
Exercise (30 minutes)
Reading (1 hour)
Writing (2 hours)
Social Media (30 minutes)
Spiritual Disciplines (1 hour)
Chores (1 hour)
Hygiene (1 hour)
Learning (1 hour)
Gaming (3 hours)
Then we add all this up. The above times total out to be 11 hours. For me, since I am usually awake for about 16-18 hours a day, it works. I still have 7 hours for sleep and all these times are estimates. Some days, I’ll spend more time on writing and reading than I normally do. Some days, depending on the game, I’ll spend more than 3 hours jamming on challenges or something else. The point I’m making here is to determine what you want to do; estimate what type of time investment you’ll need to make for that task and then analyzing whether you need to adjust. For example, if I was still working, there would be no way, the above schedule would work. I’d have to make some adjustments.
I hope this makes sense. Think about what is most important to you. What do you value? Then schedule some time to do it each day. Maybe you only have about 1-2 hours a day to work on something that is important to you. If you have multiple interests, perhaps you will only be able to dedicate 30 minutes each day to that hobby or thing you want to do with yourself. It’s all up to you.
Well, that’s it for today, folks. Have a great Monday!
Until next time…