As of this post, I currently work six days a week at my job and every day until to day I’ve felt like I was about to snap. Actually, I would be far from snapping, but the negative thoughts would mount in my mind as I dealt with bonehead after bonehead customer, asking me stupid shit I didn’t give a fuck about.
In fact, everything about the job annoyed me to no end and I allowed my thoughts to enter this loop of negativity where I did a whole bunch of complaining and not enough acting to change my situation. You know, like everyone does.
It was only when a female coworker told me about her struggles and suggested I stop bitching, do what she does, and then talk to her. At first, that annoyed me even more, until I looked at our daily schedule and saw that I wasn’t the only one in this predicament. In fact, I and six other people were working six days a week.
That right there re-contextualized how I saw the situation I was in and I started to analyze it and see things for how they really were (stoicism in practice). I started to breakdown my particular situation and ran the numbers being the hours I worked vs the hours I chilled and watched youtube videos vs the hours I slept.
168 hours in a week.
56 hours sleeping.
38 hours working.
35 hours chilling and watching youtube.
Which still leaves me 39 free hours a week to still get work done and be productive.
And guess what?
I wasn’t using any of it. . .
And I was bitching, moaning, and complaining about not having enough time. About how the mornings were my best times when they were really my most preferred times. About how I was mentally tired when I got home and yet would do cardio, strength, and combat workouts upon walking in from work.
How illogical does that sound?
That was when what Seneca said hit me: It’s not that we don’t have enough time but that we waste a lot of it.
And once I realized that, I knew it was time for me to stop bitching and get on my shit.
The whole point of this story is to help you realize that you have way more time than you think you have. You have way more energy and willpower than you think you have, and you are far more capable than you think you are.
Of course, if all you do is work at a bullshit job and come home you’re going to feel like your life is shit and you can’t do anything to change it. It’s easy to get trapped in the 9 to 5 routine and waste away all your best years living for the weekend and dreading monday like you’re still in highschool or some shit.
Newsflash: You’re school days are over, and you can leave that bullshit job any time you like.
Alright, try this for a week. . .
Consider your job (if you work mornings) as part 1 of your day. When you get home, take a shower, workout, meditate and reset your mind to forget about what stupid shit transpired.
Then, set to work on your goals to start your own business or side hustle for at least one hour per day. It doesn’t matter how little or how much you get done at the start so long as you sit there for one hour and work on something that’s for you and no one else.
Then you can chill for the rest of your night.
If you work night shift, do it in reverse. Get everything you want to get done before you go to work.
Clock in. Clock out. And do it again until you make enough money outside work to quit and live the life you dream of.
If you don’t want to be an entrepreneur, work on some skills that will get you the job of your dreams and apply to positions that relate to it until you get what you want.
No more excuses.
No more wasting your life away.
No more getting up and going to a place that would replace you within a week if you dropped dead.
No more dealing with bonehead customers.
No more being told what to do like a fucking baby.
It is time you start using the time you DO have rather than complain about the time you DON’T have because you have more time than you think.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week!