From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you're constantly making decisions that either make your life better or worse. There are very few decisions that are neutral.
Are you going to get out of bed on time or be late? Are you going to eat a healthy lunch or eat junk? Are you going to do your most important work or procrastinate on meaningless tasks?
One of the biggest questions to ask yourself, is "what am I going to do between 5pm and 1am?"
If you're completely happy with your life and wouldn't change anything, then the answer to that question is "whatever I want." But here's the thing, it's very rare (if not impossible) to find anyone who thinks absolutely everything in their life is perfect.
There's always something that can be better. But instead of making it better, people make excuses. "I don't have the time." "I'm exhausted." "I've got too many things going on." Some people just don’t care what they do with their life, and that’s their deal. I’m talking about the people who complain that their life isn't fulfilling their expectations, but they’re not doing anything to change it.
They don't have the time because they're watching a series on Netflix. They're exhausted because they stare at their phone for two hours in bed instead of sleeping. They've got too many things going on because they say 'yes' too often and don't prioritize what's actually important to them.
If you're one of those people, I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that it's your fault. The good news is that once you start taking responsibility for the decisions you're making, you can change those decisions to be in your favor.
You can start a business. You can develop a new skill. You can spend quality time with your friends, family or partner. You can build a side hustle. You can get fitter. You can apply for a new job. You can do anything that makes your life better.
The reason I’d focus on the time between 5pm and 1am is because it’s the easiest to change. Obviously, that timeframe is just a symbolic representation of whatever your actual hours of freedom are. If we assume that you spend eight hours sleeping and eight hours at school or working, then those 16 hours are relatively fixed compared to the remaining eight. Some of you will have more and some of you will have less, but everyone has at least some.
Whatever you have, just make it count.