The Time Inquiry

The single most typical excuse I hear from people is “I don’t have enough time.”

When people feed me that line, we fill out one among my infamous time inquiry.

In this exercise, the person claiming this and that i exchange front of an enormous whiteboard. I write “168” in big numbers. I tell the individual that 168 happens to be the amount of hours there are during a week.

Then, I ask the person what percentage hours he's employed and sleeps every week. For the aim of this exercise, let’s say he's employed 70 hours a week— that’s 14 hours on a daily basis, Monday through Friday.

Then, I usually assign the person 8 hours of sleep each night, or 56 weekly hours. I don’t ask about sleep, I tell—people rarely get 8 hours of sleep nightly, but that’s what proportion they must be sleeping.

Add 70 and 56, and therefore the person has used only 126 hours out of a possible 168.

Do the mathematics, and we’re left with 42 extra waking hours every week that this guy tells me he “doesn’t” have.

That’s the equivalent of nearly 2 days that he claims just aren’t there. I ask the person what the hell he does with the remainder of his time. It’s a good question.

The person inevitably starts to shout things like “I need to commute to figure,” “I need to grocery shop,” and “I need to spend time with my family!”

So without even asking him, I give the guy 10 hours of commuting (2 hours, 5 days a week), 3 hours of weekly grocery shopping, and 20 hours of quality time along with his family.

That brings his total hours to 159 hours, mean- ing he still has 9 hours every week.

By now, the guy gets the message.

I want you to try to to the identical exercise. Grab a pen and paper and write 168 in big numbers up the highest. That’s what percentage hours you've got during a week.

Now add up what percentage hours you spend during the day on things like working, commuting, sleeping, spending time with family, etc and subtract it from 168. this can be what proportion time you've got left over.

You will quickly see you've got plenty longer than you're thinking that.

The hard truth is that everybody has enough time for health and fitness. If you decide on to not use it, that’s your prerogative.