Forewarning: This post is going to be a little different. You will see the inner workings of my mind. You will see the blunders, the epiphanies, the lapses in judgment, and the progression of my thoughts. In this post, I quite literally type as I think.

 

I don’t understand the idea that people can work too hard. To me, you can never work hard enough. There are 24 hours in one day, 7 days in a week, and 52 weeks in a year. I’ll never understand how people can say 8 hours a day of work is enough. I mean if you think about it, it supposedly takes 10,000 hours to master a craft. SUPPOSEDLY. So, with 365 days in a year, that is only 2,920 hours of work per year. It would take you just under 4 years to master your craft. If you ask me, that’s way too long. Now, say you work 24 hours a day, I know, it’s not possible, but just say you do. It’d take you just over a year to master your craft. That too is far too long.

Now, you still have to sleep… So say from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, you are working on mastering your craft and pursuing your goals. At this point, by getting 8 hours of sleep per day, It’d take you 2 years to master your craft. But again, even doing this is near impossible. Actually, it is impossible. You have to eat, drive, shower, brush your teeth, piss, poop, manage & build social relationships, grocery shop, the list is endless. It’s unfortunate, but we simply can’t work even 16 hours every day. We may be able to minimize many of these tasks, but in the end, all you could manage is to give maybe, MAYBE, 3 hours minimum to these tasks daily. So, with that, you’d end up only being able to invest 4,750 hours per year towards the pursuit of your goals. Again, it’d still take you just over a year to master your craft.

If this is fast enough to you, then so be it, I guess by your standards, you can, in fact, work hard enough. But none of this is acceptable to me. I hate the idea that it’d take so long to become a master in a particular field. I hate the idea that it’d take this long to become good at whatever it is you want to do. So, if I can’t add hours to the day, and I can’t go without sleep for extended periods of time, how can I make the amount of time it takes to reach mastery smaller?

See, this is where I’m stumped. I refuse to accept this idea that I can’t work hard enough, but it seems impossible.

Here’s the only thing I can think of to do. The things I talked about earlier, grocery shopping, eating, driving, building relationships, etc. Instead of looking at these tasks as things hindering me from reaching my goals, see them as things that add to or enhance my goals. Obviously, building relationships is an easy plus towards reaching your goals and may even reduce the amount of time required to do so. However, building the wrong relationships could make it take longer, and for me, that is a no-no. It’s simply something I can’t stand for since the process already takes too long as it is.

Grocery shopping and eating can easily be added together to reach a common goal that will in turn help with my primary goal. Eating better foods has been proven time and time again to help not only physical fitness but also enhance mental performance. With these two bonuses, I can both work harder and perform better. If I’m able to think more quickly and focus better, I can work longer, and have much better decision making. If my body is in good health, I will, again, be able to work longer and harder. The healthier my body, the further I can push it.

Driving is different. I can’t quite think of a way to use this time to enhance or further my goals aside from simply getting me from the house to wherever I’m working and to the gym. Besides this, it seems to be a lot of wasted time.

So, where do we go from here?

Now that we’ve established that some dull tasks can actually be used to enhance my goals and reduce the amount of time required to reach them, what do I do?

Steps to progress:

1. Sleep 8 hours per day. As much as I hate it, sleep is important to stay healthy mentally and physically.

2. Eat healthy foods. You’ll need to create a diet plan, purchase these foods, pick up these foods, etc.

3. Focus on productive relationships. Relationships that help improve your overall sense of self, friendships that encourage you to work harder and that help you progress towards your goals. I.e. mentors and accountability partners.

4. Find time for recreation, you will drain yourself otherwise.

 

I wish step 4 wasn’t necessary, but breaks are important.

What have I established?

You can’t work hard enough, but you can work smarter. You can enhance and reduce the amount of time required for mastery, by investing in the aspects of your life that seem to simply waste time. Accept the fact that there simply is not enough time in the day to do everything. Delegate and make time to do what is necessary and unavoidable, then use every ounce of time you have left to pursue your goals to the best of your ability. It will take time, and as annoying as that is, it is a part of life, and is not something you can change. Enjoy the journey, despite all of its hardships and setbacks. Life is worth living because there are hard times. Without hard times, we’d never appreciate the good. Without the limitation of time, we’d never progress. Without the tediousness of life, there would be no payoff and enjoyment.

Follow the self-improvement checklist, add to it, refine it, but use it to stay on track. Read books that provide information that could shorten your time to mastery and find friends that will do the same.

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