What does this mean?
Set aside two hours every day to work on something that is just for you. This could be your art, your writing, or your bodybuilding regimen. Maybe you want to learn a new language or learn a new skill. Regardless of what it is you want to accomplish, this time is sacred and set aside for you to work towards your goals.
Why do it?
A lot of people say you should practice this because it’s the best way to be productive in the longterm. And while I agree with them, there’s an even more important reason.
You should set aside two hours a day to invest in yourself because you are important. Because you matter. Because you deserve to do something that meets your existential need to learn, grow, and become something better.
All-day, every day, we give of ourselves, our time, and our energy to other people. To our work, to our family, to our friends, to church and civic duties. But you also need and deserve some of that time and energy for your own goals and aspirations.
What time of the day is best?
The best time of day is whatever works for you. Maybe it’s early morning, which is what works for me. Or maybe it’s late at night after the kids have gone to bed and you can finally have some quiet time. Don’t get hung up on what time of day is best to invest in yourself.
Don’t fall into the trap that goes something like, “All the gurus say I have to invest in myself at 4 am but that’s not gonna work for me, therefore I just won’t bother investing in myself.” This line of thinking has the nefarious purpose of making you feel good about doing nothing. It’s tempting and seductive but don’t fall for it.
Just pick a time, try it out, and make adjustments as necessary.
What if you don’t have two hours?
If two hours is too much then do 20 minutes. I am certain that you can find 20 minutes in your day to invest in yourself. That’s less time than it takes you to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom.
What are you going to give up to make this happen? Is it 20 minutes of video games, Netflix, or social media? You’re probably gonna have to give up something.
Once you do 20 minutes a day for a week, raise your standard and commit to 30 minutes a day. Then 40, then 50. Slowly move the needle until you’re at two hours a day.
It’s hard but I know you can do this.
But isn’t this selfish?
Yes. This is selfish. You are thinking of yourself and doing something that’s purely for you. That’s OK. There are lots of things that you do that are for your enjoyment, like video games, TV, and browsing social media. Just take some of that time and use it to invest in yourself.
And don’t fall into the trap of thinking that taking two hours for yourself is selfish, therefore you shouldn’t do it. This is just another way of tricking yourself into feeling good about doing nothing.
Keep it sacred
You should schedule this time and keep it sacred. That means you don’t schedule other things over this time. You don’t allow disruptions and interruptions.
You should set aside two hours a day to invest in yourself because you are important and because you deserve to do something that meets your existential need to learn, grow, and become better.
Be well, my friend.
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