One of the things I hear often is I don't have enough time. I think it's very interesting when people tell me this because when I study high performers, whether it's a Mark Cuban or Brendon Burchard or Grant Cardone, or whatever case may be, they are much busier than the average person. Probably busier than you and me. And they have time. So when people tell me they don't have time, I start to wonder why.
And so in this video, on this podcast, I want to share four big myths about time. Now, these are not all the myths about time, I just picked four myths and created this episode for you because I want to address these four issues, these four myths.
Now, the first one is "I don't have enough time". Now as I alluded to the high performers I just mentioned a few minutes ago, they have the exact same amount of time every day as you do. Now, it's not a question of, do you have the time? You've got the time. What you don't have is intentionality. You don't have priority.
How many times have you come home at the end of the day of work, no matter what you do, and said, "man, I am so exhausted emotionally and physically exhausted, but I don't know what I did today"? That's because you went through your day in reactive mode. You were like a hamster on a wheel. And you worked really hard. You went, go, go, go, go, go, go, go. But nothing happened. Because you didn't have a plan.
Now, what I encourage you to do, and I've been telling people this on my podcast and my videos on social media and from the stage, is you got to enter every day with a plan. What do you want to happen today? Or if you're planning your tomorrow at the end of today, what do you want to happen tomorrow? What's going to happen this week? What's going to happen this quarter? You tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.
And you do this, not on your smartphone. You do this by getting a planner. I recommend and personally use Brendon Burchard's High Performance Planner. But you can use any planner. You can even use an Excel spreadsheet. No, I don't want to use an Excel spreadsheet. You can create an Excel spreadsheet and print it out. But don't use it on your device. I want you to use a paper planner. You can even use a notebook. I don't care what you use. I want you to sit down ago, "okay, what do I need to get done?" Because once you get to a point where you're telling your time where to go instead of wondering where it went, guess what happens? You have plenty of time because you realize, "well I do have time maybe I shouldn't watch five hours of TV every night." That's what the average American watches every night. So you do have the time. So that's a myth.
Myth number two, "I don't have time to read, I don't have time to exercise or walk the dog or take breaks or, or spend time with my significant other." Again, you have plenty of time. It comes down to prioritization. It comes down to intentionality.
How are you spending your time...really? Not what you think. Not what you tell yourself, not what you, "wow, that's what I really do?" How do you really spend your time? Now most people don't know. If you don't take the time to plan your time, you have nothing to go back to because you kept everything in your head. Now one of the things I do is I fill out my High Performance Planner from Brendon Burchard every day. Now, am I always on spot, on target with those, what I plan? No. Things happen. I get phone calls, or you know, someone will come by for a visit, and I have to change things. But I always go back to my planner and write down what I actually did in that point of time, that hour or 45 minutes, or whatever the case may be. Why do I do that? So I can look back and say, "okay, this is what I really did. See, there's planning, but planning is not reality after the day is done. That's reality. So if you take my advice and you actually plan your time on paper, in a planner, make sure you go back and make the corrections or modify it because your schedule will change. That meeting will run long. That client will show up late. You will run into traffic. So make sure at the end of the day or over the course of your day you're updating your planner so it reflects reality.
You do have the time to do everything you want to do during the day like read. Many high performers read every single day. And that goes on my schedule. I label it as skill development. Do you schedule time to read? Do you schedule time to take a walk or go for a swim or take a bike ride or go for a run? If you don't put it on your schedule, you'll be laying in bed at night and going, "oh, man, I didn't run again today" or "man, I didn't read the day" because you weren't intentional. So that's Myth number two. You do have the time to read or exercise or do whatever you want to do.
Myth number three, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." I love this one. People go, "you know, I'm only in my 20s. I'm only in my 30s, I'm only in my 40s, I don't need seven 9, 10 hours sleep a night. I can get by in two or three or four hours sleep. That's just the way I'm designed." Well, I've done studies on this. I've read Arianna Huffington great book, The Sleep Revolution. If you've not read that book, I highly recommend you get it. Lots of research in it. Scientists, really smart scientists have proven you need seven to nine hours of sleep every single night to perform at your best. Now, are there a few people in the world that can get by with three or four hours? Yes. But it's not like one in 10 it's like one in the million. Okay? They are very, very, very rare.
You need sleep more than you think you do. When you get the right amount of sleep, you feel more energized and you become more productive the following day. So I don't mean 7 to 9 hours sleep during the week. I mean, 7 to 9 hours every single night. 365 days a year. Leap year, 366.
Now yes, you will have nights when you can't get seven and nine hours sleep. Maybe your flight was delayed. You got in late. Maybe you have a colicky baby. Maybe there's a thunderstorm and the power get knocked out, whatever the case may be. But when you can, which is probably more often than not, get your seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Doctors and scientists and very smart people have said this is what we need. Our body is working very hard when we're sleeping, repairing ourselves and you need to get your sleep. So if you have the mentality, "I'll sleep when I'm dead", studies have shown that you may get your wish far sooner than you would like. So that's Myth number three.
Myth number four, "I don't have time to take a break." I love this. I talked to a lot of clients and talk to a lot of people on DM on social media. "I don't have time to take a break, I just power through." They have found what I have found. Let's make this really real for you. Instead of saying "they", let me tell you about my own life.
If I am working on a project, and let's say I can see the finish line but I'm frustrated, I'm fatigued, or I have some other negative or unproductive emotion, what I find is if I stop, even if I can see the finish line if I stop, and I get up and I walk away, I go someplace quiet, I close my eyes and do several deep breaths. I mean, it's not that hard. And then I come back. Now I'm re-energized. I'm in a better state of mind. And now I crossed the finish line, not limping and dragging. Now I finished the race. I finished the project. I finished the task excited.
Whenever you feel any negative emotion coming upon you, I want you to get up, this is key, don't do it where you are. A lot of people make that mistake. They just close your eyes, do a couple of breaths. "I'm good." No, you need to get up and physically walk someplace else. Why? Because when you get up and start walking away, you get the blood moving. So you need to get the blood moving, then you need to go someplace where nobody's talking, there are no distractions, you're not on your phone, and you just do some deep breathing exercises.
You need to take as many micro-breaks as you need throughout the day. Maybe it's one, maybe it's 10. Maybe it's what Brendan Bouchard found out through his high performance studies, you do it at the end of every 50 minutes. You just get up and move around and close your eyes and do some deep breathing exercises. This is what the high performers do. This is what I'm trying to do. Now, I'm not going to tell you that I always stop at the end every 50 minutes as they recommended and do this. So I'm not going to say I got it all figured out. You don't. I'm sharing with you what I know and how I need to get better. So that's the fourth myth.
Brendon Burchard's High Performance Planner (affiliate link)
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time - Arianna Huffington (affiliate link)