We all have 168 hours in a week. How do we choose to use them?
The concept of budgeting our time, talents, and energies can be used in so many aspects in our life including personal finance.
Don’t settle for being ordinary, be extraordinary and use your 168 hours wisely.
God bless and thanks for reading.
The following is an example taken from my latest book soon to be released of how my hours were spent training for my Ironman triathlon journey An Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. It starts at 7am and ends at midnight. Most people train for over a year to complete an Ironman.
There are 168 hours in a week. How we choose to utilize these precious hours is up to us. My overall 30 week training program consisted of 6 days of working out followed by 1 full day of rest. At first, it was hard not to feel guilty about taking a whole day off. I remained faithful to my plan and, although sometimes difficult, I didn’t give into temptation by doing a training session on my day off. After a few months, I learned that these rest days were just as important as my training days. My body needed time to recover. The bulk of my plan called for twice a day workouts. It averaged 12 hours a week over the 30 weeks but in the final weeks, it gradually increased to 20 hours per week.
My 168 hours a week went like this towards the end:
20 hours training
5 hours of travel, prep time (getting equipment ready, etc.) and wrap up time (showered, dressed, etc.)
40 hours at work
12 hours of commute time
49 hours of sleep (7 hours a night)
10 hours of movies with the family (No TV shows allowed)
2 hours for church
This left me with about 30 hours if everything went as planned to spend with my family, get our grocery shopping done, do some general house chores, etc. This sounds like a lot of time to spare, but really, it isn’t. It takes serious discipline not to whittle these valuable hours away on useless things that added no value to my family, work, or training life. TV is a prime example of what I stayed away from….it’s basically one of those mindless (non)activities that only serves to rob you of valuable time.
- For One Athlete, Ironman Is Race Against Time and Fear (nytimes.com)
- Training and completing and Ironman much like striving to become debt free (fieldofdebt.wordpress.com)
- Bullish Life: “How Many Minutes of Your Life Have Been Stolen by ScarJo’s Ass and Various Kardashians?” (and Other Questions Raised by Keeping a Time Diary) (thegloss.com)
- I Just Need To Make Time (timesunion.com)
- No Rest for the Weary Mama (guerilladad.wordpress.com)