Chris Folland here with some perspectives on this useful question, “What do you want more of this year?”
For you, it might be more energy, to be healthier, whereas others may want to make more money, to have a better job, and travel more.
What about more time – would that be worth having more of too?
This is one I’ve sometimes heard – have you?…“Well, you can’t have more time Chris, there’s only a fixed amount of time. If you don’t use it, you lose it. “
Actually! As it turns out, Einstein had a theory on time and his theory is that we can bend time and I’ve actually seen that in my own life. Maybe you have too? For example, sometimes my google maps can tell me that it’s going to take me 7 minutes to get from here to there and I only have 4 minutes available and I made it!
There does seem to be a way to bend time. There are plenty of examples around us when we stop to spot them. 1
And have you ever been in this situation? You were running late for a meeting and the meeting was supposed to start at 10, and you arrived at 10.10 and actually, nobody turned up until 10.15? It happens all the time!
We can bend time.
So, practically speaking, how do you get more time? Well, if we think about a typical day, we’re going to sleep for 8 hours, then work for 8 hours, then this leaves 8 hours that we get to do whatever we want with (our ‘stuff-time’). Now, if we want more in life, the time we get to be productive with (in terms of any positive change we’re seeking) is in this stuff-time.
The main thing that we have the ability to change this year (and any year) if we want more of what we do want, is to focus on this stuff-time. So for example this is what I did is, I slept my 8 hours, I worked for my 8 hours and I took 1 of my 8 hours of stuff-time and I started putting it into something that gave me an income outside of my job. Next, as that income grew, I was eventually able to reduce the 8 hours in the middle of my day so that I didn’t have to work anymore.
I could now wake up, not have to go to work and have 16 hours of stuff-time. I just literally bought back eight hours of my life.
And so if you want more in your year, this year, my best advice is to reach out and connect as we’re happy to share with you what we did. If it resonates with you, great! If not we might be able to direct you to something else. Whatever you do, find something that allows you to buy back your time.
Have a fantastic week ahead! Ciao for now until we see you on this week’s #AlivewithFi 🙂
1 This phenomenon is somewhat covered in Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, where he outlines that time is relative—namely the rate at which time passes depends on our frame of reference. Just as observers in two different frames of reference don’t always agree on how to describe the movement of a bouncing ball, they also don’t always agree on when an event happened or how long it took
“A Matter of Time”