A common question that I get from folks who follow my YouTube Channel and blog is this, “Where in the world do you get the time to do all the things you do?” Yes indeed, it may seem like my life is an endless stream of outdoor adventures and activities of all kinds along with a marathon of making videos, writing books, and creating media content, but the reality is something quite different. I work a fulltime job Monday through Friday, along with all the work I do through Wild Revelation Outdoors, and I also have a very active family life. I typically start my day around 4:30 AM and I usually don’t finish up my work-related tasks until around 5:00 PM which makes for an average 60-hour workweek and leaves precious few remaining hours to get out there and do all the things I love in the great outdoors. So how do I fit it all in? Here’s how…
Thankfully, at a very young age I was taught the importance of using one’s time wisely, constructively, and productively. When my mom caught my brother and I watching kung-fu movies for hours on end down in the basement on a Saturday afternoon, she’d turn it off and firmly instruct us to, “Do something constructive!” That was an important lesson in time management which has always stuck with me. And along with learning to use my time more effectively, I also discovered that you have to consciously, willfully take the time and MAKE the time to do the things you enjoy in life, otherwise, it all just slips away.
As we’re all well aware, we live in a very busy, fast-paced world with non-stop distractions and it often seems like we never have a spare moment for anything. However, you’d be amazed how much time you actually do have when you cut out all the non-essentials, along with getting up a couple of hours earlier each day. Consider this: the average American spends 5.4 hours a day on their phone doing everything from watching videos, checking social media, and texting back and forth, and another several hours a day watching TV. In fact, when it’s all said and done, the average American will spend 15 years of his or her life watching television (from childhood to retirement age) and another 7 years gawking at a tiny cell-phone screen (from adolescence to retirement). I don’t know about you, but the thought of wasting 20 years or more of my life in such a way is a major wake-up call!
Now don’t get me wrong, watching TV, spending time on social media, and doing all the things you can do on your phone can certainly be enjoyable and helpful, and I obviously do many of those things myself, but they can also become an enormous, enslaving waste of time when done so in an undisciplined fashion. When you make a conscious, willful effort to unplug from technology more often, greatly scale it back, or even totally eliminate many of those things from your daily life, you start gaining back many hours of precious time that you can use for more constructive, satisfying, enriching activities.
Life is a precious gift and time is your greatest and most valuable asset. No matter your age, there are so many new things to see and do and learn, and so many new adventures to embark upon. However, again, you have to take the time and MAKE the time to do all those things. One of my favorite quotes, which is also a big part of what Wild Revelation Outdoors is all about, comes from Mark Twain, who said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Those are great words to live by. And so my friends, I’d like to encourage you to take that message to heart. Certainly, you can enjoy all the wonders and benefits that modern technology can provide, such as watching cool videos at the Wild Revelation Outdoors YouTube Channel, but make it a point to do so wisely and in a balanced fashion so you can get out there and spend more time doing the things you really love, with the people you love. Don’t waste those twenty precious years of your life just mindlessly killing your time, for as a wise woman once said, “Killing your time is killing your life.”
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