How do you spend your free time?
How you spend your free time determines who you are and who you become.
I thought of a quote today “you are your spare time”
And it’s true, you are how you spend your free time, the time after work and on the weekends.
Before I start, I’m not going to be like one of those motivational people that call you lazy if you relax in your spare time or do something that won’t make you “successful”
Everyone lives differently and does different things in their spare time and it doesn’t matter what anyone does as long as it is making them long term consistently happy and not causing unhappiness to other people.
But in this article I want to bring to light the mindset about taking your spare time seriously because it has a big effect on your life.
We all have the same amount of time. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. you have the same amount of time as Donald trump, Elon Musk, Card B, Christiano Ronaldo, the gardener you see out the window, the family man, EVERYONE! Time doesn’t slow down for anyone, the earth keeps spinning.
So we have 24 hours in a day, but hang on, we need sleep! Sleep is important and we need 8 hours a night, so that means we get 16 hours a day!
Most of us all have a full time job or we have a business that we work at full time, so in this article let’s use the average example that we work Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
That’s 8 hours a day 5 days a week so that’s 40 hours of work.
Plus getting ready for work in the morning and commuting to work, plus driving home from work and changing, showering, that 8 hour day is actually at least a 10 hour day and that’s no including if you do overtime.
So let’s say in the above example you get home by 6pm and have showered and changed by this point. Now it’s time to cook dinner!
You cook and eat and clean up and this takes you until 8pm.
From 8pm you are officially in SPARE TIME mode.
You have your alarm set for the next day at 6am so you know you need to get to bed by 10pm to get your 8 hours sleep so you have 2 hours spare time.
So Monday to Friday you have 2 hours a night which is 10 hours a week.
Then the weekend comes, you don’t have to work and you sleep in a bit so let’s just say you have an extra 30 hours “spare time” over the weekend. So you have 40 hours spare time a week.
So give or take everyone on planet earth has 40 hours of time that they have that isn’t working at their job or business.
How people spend these 40 hours defines who they are and who they will be!
I will now list a few ways people spend their spare time, and while you read, try to imagine the type of person that person is by how they spend their free time. Remember we are not judging them, it’s their life not ours.
SOME WAYS PEOPLE SPEND THEIR SPARE TIME
Playing video games
Being a family man, looking after the family
Doing over time at work and getting paid overtime
Talking to girls, going on dates, getting laid with new girls
Listening to podcast
Producing content for their YouTube channel, blog, online business
Learning ways to make money
Going to the gym
Trying new experiences
Eating junk food
Cleaning, tidying the house, car, garden
Learning a qualification to get a promotion/new job
Planning a vacation
Setting and planning goals, todo list, habits
Doing affirmations and visualisations
Going for a run, bike ride or some other cardio
Going to the beach
Going for a hike
Doing maintenance on the house
Taking your kids out
Going to watch your kids sport game
Training to become a professional sport person
The list could go on and on, with each of the above, if someone does those things long term in their spare time who would they become?
Do you see?
Don’t look at your job, your job is where you become really good at whatever your job is because you do that for 40 hours a week. Like for example if you are a paralegal you will become a very good paralegal if you did that for 20 years.
And yeah after you get good at your job you will be promoted and making good money in the future. That’s great!
But how do you spend your spare time? That will determine who you will be in 20 years.
Take me for example. I’ve worked all day and now in my spare time I’m writing this article. Hopefully this simple article can inspire just one person.
When I help people I am happy and hopefully my site helps a lot of people and I also make a bit of money from it one day.
If I make money from it outside of my job I became someone who helps people and makes money outside of their main source of income as in their job. That is what I want and trying to achieve.
In 10 years’ time that will be me and the person who made music after work might be rapping in a song that I’m listening to on Spotify while I’m exercising after work, the person who exercised every day after work is still in good shape, the person who was a good family man might have a good family relationship and on and on.
I hope you understand.
YOU ARE YOUR FREE TIME
Figure out what will make you long term consistently happy and make a plan and chase it in your free time.
TAKE YOUR FREE TIME SERIOUSLY!