Think about the amount of time you spend each day doing things you don’t want to do but have to do. If you’re in college, you spend hours writing papers for a class that has nothing to do with your major. If you’re employed, you spend hours getting average pay to make other people rich. If you’re in a relationship or have a family, you spend time doing things for everyone else all day long.
All of those hours add up and then one day, yup, you’re dead. With little to show for your life on earth, BUT HEY, at least your boss has two boats!!!
Luckily, there’s an option. A plan B. And it’s not drop out, quit your job or leave your family (though that would free up a TON of time). It’s actually even simpler. Find one hour of your day that belongs to only you.
We’re often tempted to work extra hours in order to improve our lives. A little extra money never hurt, right? However, you may be better off stopping work at quitting time and spending that extra time working on yourself. Learn a skill, work on your side job, fill out your resume. Something that benefits your goals, not someone else’s.
If you’re an administrative assistant making $10 an hour and you don’t want to be, don’t just sign up to work another hour for $10. Working longer is not necessarily the best idea. Instead, give up the $10 (or $8 after taxes), and improve yourself in some way or create something so you’ll be making a lot more. There is no one solution, look into yourself. Nursing school? Investment books? Finding a mentor?
Can’t find an hour? Go to bed an hour later or wake up an hour earlier. Problem solved. Just do it. If you don’t, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.