The other day, I took a moment to ‘audit’ how I spend my days.
What I’m thinking about
How much time I spend eating, screwing off, and occasionally getting some work done
and how I feel about how my time is being spent.
It really got me thinking…
I spend a lot of time mentally drifting off into either the past, or the future. I’m constantly thinking about doing something ELSE, besides what I’m actually doing in that moment.
And then, this realization hit me like a runaway train –
I’m not spending my time the way I want to.
Most people – 95%, I’d say – aren’t.
What do I mean by this?
Well, I work online. Ironically, even though I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world – the Riviera Maya, in Mexico – almost all my time is spent cooped up in my office, with my face glued to my computer.
Day in, and day out… it’s been like this for YEARS.
Money. Or, more specifically, a lack of it.
I mean, if I had more money, and my freelancing career was more established, then I’d hardly ever be spending time at home. I’d be out and about – at the beach, at the cenotes, on a boat, chilling at a hotel… just doing something outside of the house.
Right now? The only times I really get out are when I head to the gym, meet friends, or grab a bite. On occasion, I’ll head to the beach, but it’s not really that often.
The point I’m trying to make here, is that we’re not meant to spend our days inside all the time. True learning and growth and living happens outside. It happens when we meet new people, and when we go out for adventures.
I don’t think I’m in a unique situation. I’m sure if you were to take a moment to think about how you spend your day, and note down exactly how your precious time is actually being spent, then you’d be shocked at just how many hours of your life are just ticking on by, without anything to really show for it!
I’m not saying be reckless and start throwing a bunch of money around. After all, you really don’t need much to go out and have some fun.
Take stock of all the activities you do and have done on a day to day basis for the last few years. Do you actually like doing the things you do every day? If you had the means, would you live your life completely differently? Have you simply ‘grown into’ your mundane daily activities because you’ve lost hope that your life standards could ever be permanently raised, so that you could CHOOSE to do those other, more fun things on a daily basis WITHOUT having to worry about breaking the bank or other responsibilities?