20 Minute ride to work every day?
60 Minute lunch break every day?
30 Minute gym session?
45 Minutes of making supper in the kitchen?
What about doing dishes or laundry and any other tasks that need to be done, but hardly need a lot of intelligence to do them, yet there is no easy shortcut and the time needs to be spent to do these things.
I have these things every day, and I feel it is such a loss and waste of precious time. It bothers me that this time is not optimally used to combine learning something at the same time and thus freeing up time for other projects or for real fun and games.
Fear not, there is an easy way that you can use these seemingly wasted minutes and hours and turn them to your advantage and benefit.
You need to make a plan to take advantage of this wasted time.
The plan depends on what your goals and ambitions are, whether you want to learn a language, read a book, write poetry or blog posts, or even draw or design something on a sketchpad.
For tasks that require both your hands and time, but little intelligence, like cooking supper, doing laundry or driving to work, the best way to make optimal use of this time is to get yourself an iPod and get recordings of courses you want to learn.
You can get many books on audio, like for example Tim Ferris’s 4 Hour Work Week, one of my favourites. This way you can get through a large amount of books and learn from them without ever having to read a single page.
Have you ever wanted to speak French or Spanish or Russian? You can get language courses on audio and learn grammar or listen to dialogues. To learn a language quickly, the more exposure you have to the spoken language, the quicker your ear and mind adjusts to it.
By listening to audio courses you may not be able to pick up entirely as much as when you sit down and study and make notes, but I think you can learn a vast majority and if you have to, just listen to the course a second or third time.
For other tasks, like maybe having to pick your kids up at school every day and sit outside in the car waiting for them for 30 minutes, or having a 60 minute lunch break in the office, why not use that time more effectively also? Now you have time to read a book, draw and design, write poetry or blogs posts, or even just follow the iPod method with audio courses.
This may not seem like a lot, but one hour a day multiplied by 5 days a week multiplied by 48 weeks in the year is a total of 240 hours. There are a lot of things that you can learn in 240 hours. And this is just one year, what if you have the same routine for 5 or for 10 years. Do you see an opportunity here? How many hundreds of hours are available that you never had for learning things that you have always wanted to learn?
Yes it requires some effort, you need to organise the iPod and audio courses or get the book, or the sketchpad, but the hardest part is actually adopting the habit. Start with it, give it a try for 3 weeks or a month.
I just gave you 240 hours a year to learn something. What are you going to do with that time?
Have a Rockin’ day