What kinds of things would you like to do if you had an extra 180 to 365 hours a year? Do you realize that 365 hours is the equivalent of nine 40 hour work weeks! What if had a job that paid $15 an hour. 365 * $15 = $5475 – over $5,000 that you’d be missing out on! Maybe you wouldn’t use all of that extra time to work, be it working for someone or even for yourself. In a few moments I’m going to tell you one way that you could use all of that extra time for, allowing you to improve everything in your life in the long run.
Just a few minutes ago I was reading an article titled “How to get up right away when your alarm goes off” by my friend Steve Pavlina. The technique that Steve mentions in this article is quite interesting to say the least and very simple to implement.
“Go to your bedroom, and set the room conditions to match your desired wake-up time as best you can. Darken the room, or practice in the evening just after sunset so it’s already dark. If you sleep in pajamas, put on your pajamas. If you brush your teeth before bed, then brush your teeth. If you take off your glasses or contacts when you sleep, then take those off too.
Set your alarm for a few minutes ahead. Lie down in bed just like you would if you were sleeping, and close your eyes. Get into your favorite sleep position. Imagine it’s early in the morning… a few minutes before your desired wake-up time. Pretend you’re actually asleep. Visualize a dream location, or just zone out as best you can.
Now when your alarm goes off, turn it off as fast as you can. Then take a deep breath to fully inflate your lungs, and stretch your limbs out in all directions for a couple seconds… like you’re stretching during a yawn. Then sit up, plant your feet on the floor, and stand up. Smile a big smile. Then proceed to do the very next action you’d like to do upon waking. For me it’s getting dressed.
Now shake yourself off, restore the pre-waking conditions, return to bed, reset your alarm, and repeat. Do this over and over and over until it becomes so automatic that you run through the whole ritual without thinking about it. If you have to subvocalize any of the steps (i.e. if you hear a mental voice coaching you on what to do), you’re not there yet.
Feel free to devote several sessions over a period of days to this practice. Think of it like doing sets and reps at the gym. Do one or two sets per day at different times… and perhaps 3-10 reps each time.”
As simple as this method is, this is not what really caught my attention. What truly caught my attention was something that a person might take for granted – time!
“Yes, it will take some time to do this, but that time is nothing compared to how much time you’ll save in the long run. A few hours of practice today can save you hundreds of hours each year.”
“Think about it — if you oversleep just 30 minutes a day, that’s 180+ hours a year. And if you’re at 60 minutes a day, that’s 365 hours a year, the equivalent of nine 40-hour weeks. That’s a lot of time! Now I don’t know about you, but I can think of more creative things to do with that time than lying in bed longer than I need to.”
Holy guacamole! That is a h u g e amount of time wasted that could be used for something much more productive. Lets say you oversleep for 30 minutes a day. If a person were to wake up and do self-hypnosis for 15 minutes, then use the other 15 minutes for self-hypnosis at night, thats 180+ hours a year worth of positive changes! Thats only if you oversleep 30 minutes a day. A full 60 minutes of wasted time could be used for self-hypnosis (hey, what did you expect me to say, this blog is about hypnosis, is it not?), or anything else that you find productive.
What would you do with all of the extra time on your hands? <—a not so shameless way to get you to post a comment below :D
p.s. if you liked this article there may be some more Personal Development articles that you will enjoy.