How To Get 15 Extra Days Out of Your Year
15 extra days could change your life, can you find them?
What could you do with 15 more days?
Travel? Build a business? Spend time with family? Write your first book? Whatever you choose, and whatever your goals are, it’s time to start the journey of trying.
Neither your schedule or your circumstances matter. Everyone has 15 extra days hiding somewhere. I’m here to help you find them and use those days to create your dream life. Let’s dive in.
Don’t let this heading scare you, I’m doing the math for you. But before we get into that, you need a goal. This won’t work if you’re not working towards something. Whatever it is, find it, and commit to it.
Now, we have 365 days in a year and 24 hours in a day. Find one hour out of that 24. Only one. If you dedicate one hour to achieving your goal every day for a year, you have spent 365 hours on your dreams. Divide that 365 by 24, and you have 15.2083 days.
Think about that. 15 extra days, 365 extra hours, all towards your goal. Where would you be at the end of that year? Would you have written that book? Built that business? I hope so.
Now that you know it’s possible, how can you do it? Like every other large task in life, this too requires organization.
Organize your days
The short answer to that question is to sleep less. The long answer is to plan more. You need to organize your schedule & stick to it. No schedule, no productivity. And no productivity, no goals.
Plan your days. Go to bed at the same time & know how much sleep you need. Get a planner and use it. You don’t need to plan to the minute, but at least plan in chunks.
The quick way to finding an hour is to get up earlier. But that’s not realistic for everyone. But if you do choose that method, don’t set your alarm an hour earlier than you normally do. Give yourself buffer time. If you usually get up at 8, try 6:30 for a week.
As I said, we all have an extra hour lying around somewhere in our schedules. And if you think you don’t, your dreams don’t work unless you do, so either find an hour or give up.
Planning your day is a simple way to make the most out of it. Plan traffic & transportation time. Plan in eating and showering. If you want this to work you need to commit. Find an hour. It will change your life.
15 days could change your life
Pro tip. Don’t try to find an extra 15 days to do nothing. This won’t work if you want extra days to sit on the couch. Be productive with that time. It’s the one thing we will never get back.
Create a goal and spend one hour a day doing it. James Altucher, the author of Atomic Habits, says if you get 1% better every day for a year, you’ll be 37x better at the end of that year. While that is great, we can do better than 1%.
One hour of your day is about 4%. If you put in an hour a day into bettering yourself, you’re getting 4% better each day. You will blow by that 37x. Imagine being 148x better at something in one year. I don’t know about you, but that motivates me to put in the time.
By doing this, you are moving into expert status in your niche. You’re on your way to mastery. You start growing exponentially in any area that you apply yourself. 148x better after one year? Imagine what could happen if you do this for five.
Use these stats to motivate you that achieving your goal is possible. An hour a day keeps regret away. You don’t want to look back on your life wishing you did something. Wishing you didn’t waste any time. You can have fun, live the lifestyle you want and work towards your goals at the same time.
It takes discipline, motivation, & consistency. We all have those within us, you just have to find them.
Plan and organize your days
- Wake up an hour earlier
- Go to sleep an hour later
- Go to the library for an hour after work
- Use a planner and stick to it
Do whatever works for you. We all have different lives and different dreams. Find a system and path that aligns with who you want to be and work towards it.
Find a goal
- Write your goal down
- Post it somewhere you will see every day
- Don’t make excuses when trying to reach your goals
- Hold yourself accountable
Like I’ve said. This won’t work without a goal. We all have goals, just spend an hour working on them. You’ll be surprised where you could end up in just one year.