8 Hours For Work, 8 Hours For Play, 8 Hours For Sleep!
I had shared a post a few weeks ago that talked about the way we glorify busy-ness. It was titled “Stop the Glorification of Busy!” I think it’s high time we started doing this. Are you too busy? I am, and quite frankly I’m tired of it.
Tired of watching life pass me by. Tired of having not enough time to complete everything that “just has to be done.” Tired of feeling anxious because I’m behind schedule. Tired of adding another thing to my “To Do” list that I just know is going to push me further behind.
I’m pretty good at time management. I believe in planning. I have a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly business and marketing plan in place, and I execute it as best I can. I’m a believer in the maxim “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.” But enough is enough already, really. Too much focus on the things that pass away, and not enough on what’s important.
Memories are important. Friendships are important. Taking time to cuddle and nap with my dogs is important. Taking time to converse with my partner is important. Taking time to just stop and sit is important. I don’t do these things enough.
Dr. Anthony Laws, an awesome physician who has retired from practice, used to say this to me: “Mike, you need to work 8 hours, play 8 hours, and sleep 8 hours.” He’s right. We need to start building a world where EVERYONE can do this. We’re letting the important things pass us by, and instead allowing what’s not important to dominate.
I’m sorry if you think it’s a good idea to work all the time. Maybe it is for you, who knows. But I’m going to be 50 in a little over a year, and I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not the best thing for me.
Does this mean that I’m getting out of strength and nutrition coaching? Heck no!!! I love what I do. I’m just going to start doing it a bit smarter is all. I spent last year learning systems for creating a self-sustainable business. Now I’m going to start implementing them.
This will be a year of change for me. A year where I focus on what’s real and important, and let go of what’s not. I am going to strive for 8 hours of work, 8 hours of play, and 8 hours of sleep. Really. Honestly. Truly. I will work 6 days a week as I always have, but on the 7th I will do what I’ve always done – rest and not even look at my phone. And on the work days, the work will stop at 8 hours. I figure 48 hours a week is enough, no?
How about you? Will you join me? Will you take a chance on focusing on what’s more important, and spending more time doing those things, rather than just working all the time? I really believe that we can change the way the world thinks about work, if we want to.
Work is good. Work is necessary. Some people don’t do nearly enough of it, and if that’s you and you do it by choice, then to you I offer a challenge as well. Start supporting yourself, and stop relying on others to support you.
There are others still who must work 50, 60, 70 hours per week, just to make ends meet. To you I ask you to consider whether or not it might be possible to improve your situation by either downsizing your lifestyle, or by upsizing your education and skill set? Is there a way that you can start to spend less time at work, yet earning more money?
Am I being idealistic? I hope not. I’m not going to allow myself to fall in to that way of thinking. I’m just going to do it, and make it happen. As Yoda said, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” I’m going with Nike on this one: “Just do it.”