I tend to get a lot done, and sometimes people ask me how on earth I do it, particularly when they are usually referring to one of my extra projects, which I do outside of a full-time job.
Last year I ended up writing a feature length screenplay, writing and publishing my first book, and producing my first feature length film. These were all side projects. The only way I got any of them done was to set aside time each day.
I gave up time watching TV and sleeping, in order to pursue my dreams.
I tend to get up at 4:45am and spend 2 hours working on some sort of side project. I usually do this 5 days a week, and take a break on weekends. While I would love to just be able to write and produce full-time, the truth is this may never happen. I will most likely be holding down a full-time job for most of my life. However that doesn’t stop me (or anyone) from achieving other interests on the side. The trick is to be disciplined with setting aside a set amount of time at regular intervals.
Okay, so let’s break down the numbers. This is quite interesting as you will now see, a little time set aside, even a couple of days a week, really does add up to a whole lot of extra time (especially when you consider that a normal full-time week is 37.5 hours).
- 2 extra Hours a day, twice a week = 4 hours per week.
- Over 52 weeks (one year) this equates to 208 hours per year.
- Divided by 37.5, this gives you 5 1/2 extra weeks per year.
Working an extra 4 hours a week, gives you and extra 5 and a half full-time weeks per year!
If you’re like me and you feel you need a little more time than just an extra month each year, then do what I do and set aside 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Let’s do the maths on that.
- 2 extra Hours a day, 5 days a week = 10 hours per week.
- Over 52 weeks (one year) this equates to 520 hours per year.
- Divided by 37.5, this gives you just under 14 extra weeks per year.
Working an extra 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, gives you and extra 3 Months per year!
I don’t consider myself a high achiever, or even very intelligent. But I can do simple maths. And the maths shows all too clearly the power of setting aside a couple of hours extra, a few times each week.
What is it that you would do if you could take a month to do it? Write a book? Study? Learn a new language? Whatever it is, you don’t need a month off – you need the discipline of setting aside a couple of extra hours a week.