Why we don’t have time

Time is the most valuable thing in the life of a human being. It's one of the only things we can't buy, earn, or get through hard work. People grow as old as 80, 90 or even 100 these days. But why don't we have time?

Let's make it quick so we don't waste time we don't have.

What do we have time for?

  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Work
  • Freetime

and a lot more. But we still don't have time. Let's change our perspective on how our time is split up.

The 24 hours of a day are mainly filled with activities which are important and can't be optimized. 19 hours of a day are full with things which aren't really controllable. For example you can't just work two hours less - your wage will be cut. Sleeping less is also not a good idea. Eating faster is an option but might make you puke.

So we have 5 hours of free time which is supposed to be time we are free to use and which we can control. This time includes our daily habits, shopping, family time and leisure activities.

In the chart above you can see how the free time is split up. These are just average numbers, so it might be different for each of you, but the big picture is the same. As you can see social media makes up 40% of your free time, which is quite a lot. Now what I want you to do is think about what you do in that time. When using social media you are entertained by other people. You see pictures of others, opinions of others, problems of others, whole lives of others. But what's the point - how do you profit from that?

You don't!

And now we are talking about the reason why we don't have any time for our selves to develop, enjoy, etc. 

Because we waste the time we would normally use for ourselves with dealing with other peoples information. It doesn't matter what anybody ate for breakfast this morning, it doesn't matter where your social media friend is on vacation, it doesn't matter what others think about things which might not even interest you.

Everything that doesn't support your life by letting you make progress and grow, shouldn't matter to you as long as you aren't able of giving yourself the time you need.

When was the last time you read a good book without any interruptions caused by your phone?

Did you ever have dinner without receiving posts about other people's dinners?
And most important - when did you get up in the morning starting the day without checking your phone?

Keep this in mind!

Maybe the human should reconsider how valuable time is. Social media is only one example.