Doing The Math

There’s 24 hours in a day. (at least where I’m from there are.)

8 of those I block off for sleep: 16 left. (Most of us go-getter types fudge this number down to only 5 or 6 hours. This works for a while but not as well as you think.)

Let’s say 3 hours for time for food and conversation. (coffee... breakfast… dinner… groceries… and the time it takes to go from A to B back to A: 13 left.

Perhaps 1 hour for some sort of exercise: 12 left.

If you are a nine to fiver’, that’s another 8 hours a day: 4 left.

If you are a freelancer I’ll give you 10 hours a day instead: 2 left.


2 hours. 4 at most.

What are you going to do with that precious time?

I’ve lived most of my life saying yes to things without thinking about the time costs associated with each yes.

If you’re like me, you have 1000 ideas and a 1000 dreams of who you want to be.

That’s great. Fantastic even. Most don’t have that spark anymore. They’ve given up their 1000 dreams to 4 hours of TV or scrolling on their phones. I don’t know, maybe that’s their dream, to watch great TV. You do you.

The wall I always face with my 1000+ dreams is what am I going to do? How do I choose? Do I have to choose??

Yes, I must choose. If I want to live a meaningful life I must be intentional every aspect of it, every yes, every no.

But do I have to throw away 999 dreams for 1? I don’t believe so.

What do I want to pursue most right now?

What would I regret NOT doing when I’m older?

Then I focus in on that with everything I got. After that, go to the next dream, then the next, rinse repeat.

It sounds easier than it is, but nothing is worse than saying yes to everything you don’t want, and no to everything you do.

4 hours left, what are you gonna do?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner