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"I've prioritized other things in my day"

"I've prioritized other things in my day"

The fact is that we all have the same number of hours in the day, and it’s up to us to decide how we spend them.

We each have our own personal values, concerns, and preferences.

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The anatomy of a day

The anatomy of a day

There are 24 hours in a day, or 1,440 minutes. The average person sleeps around eight hours, that leaves 16 waking hours left to spend however we want. We need to subtract the seven to eight hours a day during which most people work; so, we’re down to nine remaining hours.

Much of those nine hours are taken up by life administration: shopping, housework, unpaid labor (e.g. care work), and eating and drinking.

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The 5-hour rule

The 5-hour rule

In short, this is the rule where we spend one hour a day learning, reflecting, and thinking.

We do this five times a week.

The idea is that devoting an hour of your day to education exercises the mind, improves your skills, and rehearses great discipline.

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How to spend your hour

How to spend your hour

Here are three “first steps” to the 5-hour rule:

  1. Learn…however you can- Reading print on a book is one way, but podcasts, audiobooks, and spoken radio are all great ways to spend your hour.
  2. Experiment- The most successful people in life were not those who stumbled on magic , but who tried and failed, tried, and failed again. Try something new, try something differently. When we experiment, we both have fun and learn a great deal.
  3. Reflect-  This might mean a diary, journal, or time spent simply ruminating. When we reflect on our days and our mistakes, we turn failures into learning experiences.

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