Robert Tamayo


Wanting More Time

What would you do if you were given more time to do so?

I can personally admit to using the phrase "I need more time" recently. The idea is that I would be able to do so much more if I had a few extra hours in a day. But the thought occurred to me that maybe I wasn't asking for more time - maybe I was regretting what I had done with the time I was given.

To illustrate the point, let me rephrase the first question: what would you have done had you had the time to do so?

It's my hypothesis that "wanting more time" is actually an expression of "regretting what was has done with one's time". 

I can somewhat confidently say that I wasted a good 2.5 hours after work on my phone or watching videos yesterday. I ended up realizing that I was getting no satisfaction doing that, and so I switched gears and started reading a book for the last 30 minutes before bedtime. Reading was the only thing I did that felt like a good use of my time.

Time is not like money. People can want more money and actually be able to get more money. Time is not like that.

All the time has already been given to you. Everyone starts with 168 hours a week and 24 hours a day. Everything that anyone has ever done has been done using the same amount of time that everyone else had available to them. "Wanting more time" simply means that you are wasting time.

From now on, if I find myself "wanting more time" to do something, I will ask myself what it is that I'm wasting my time on. Chances are, the lack of time is my own fault. Instead of wanting more time, I should be wanting more discipline, focus, and dedication.

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