Eight Hours to Live

Posted on May 21, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Eight Hours to Live

Live Life!

The news hit me hard today. Eight hours to live rang hard in my ears and echoed like an eagles cry in a deep rock canyon. OK! Maybe that was a little to dramatic…..sorry..

Could this be true? Could this be happening to me? Why me?

Ok, it’s not true, I’m not dying, at least not yet

Did you ever feel like your life was set on a course that you were powerless to change? Does it seem like your work week starts on Monday and ends on Friday, and then you get a twenty-minute break called “The Weekend”?

Do you work hard to pay for things you bought with money you didn’t have, to impress people you don’t like?

The title of this post reads “Eight Hours To Live” Ok Randall quit beating around the bush.
I have never considered myself a person with strong time management skills. Related to that I had an idea that I can’t shake from my head.

We all have been given the gift of time. Some more, some less. We all have 24 hours every day to live our lives. I like to break things down to the simplest form.

We basically have three blocks of time within that 24 hour period. If we can focus just for a second I think we can break the cycle of wage slavery without it being too complicated.

Eight hours to work (if you are a “normal” person). Eight hours to sleep (it’s plenty). Eight hours (To do what ever your little heart desires).

Eight hours to Sleep.
Dedicate yourself to eight good, healthy, relaxing, refreshing, healthy sleep. This is so important. You need it, you deserve it. Read about getting great sleep time on Annabel Candy’s Blog This is one-third of your day and one-third of your life It is essential to get this sleep to accomplish all that you have to do and to be sharp while you are doing it!

Eight Hours To Work

Wherever you find yourself working now has been totally your choice. You one day walked into that place and eagerly begged for the job that you now have. I get sick and tired of people who complain and blame the place they work at for all of their problems. You are there by choice. If you’re not happy, do something about it. In the meantime you have to “gut it out”. Work like you actually want to be there. I know it’s difficult, I’m doing it right now! Well not technically right now, I’m actually at home (can’t blog from my work computer), that would be cheating!

If you hate your job, that is what this post is all about!

Eight Hours To Live

We have a choice with the time that we have at the end of the day

What did you do last night after work? How did you spend your time? Was it spent in front of the television watching mindless “entertainment” (What passes for entertainment these days is shocking) while being marketed to? Did you know that you are not focusing on anything when you watch t.v.? Watch someone watch tv sometime. It’s like someone momentarily distracted at a bird they see out the window, only with tv they are in a total state of distraction for hours.

I would suggest we don’t do that anymore

Eight hours to live is all about your life Begin to log in to your life. Begin taking control of your life by documenting where and when you spend your time. Make a word document or just a small notebook to record your time. Begin to be accountable for your time, it will reveal those areas of weakness and or opportunities that you have concerning your time.

When you know where all of our time went you will start to make different decisions about how you spend it. You may call it “Designing the Perfect Day” What would your perfect day look like? If you only had eight hours to live how would you spend it?

Design your perfect day and begin to mold your time to it. Remember, you are the gatekeeper of you own lives. Life’s stresses come when you don’t take control and try to distract yourself to escape from your problems.

Now is the time for action. Chris Guillebeau Tweeted an interesting quote the other day, it stated that “Every Action is a Revolution” Take action to follow your dreams. They may be large or small but they are yours! Begin to take action today!

There is Power In Taking Action

Please! Please! Comment at the end of the post! I am excited to hear what you think!

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Become a subscriber and I will send you a Million Dollars! Well, maybe not but I’ll be glad you subscribed! Thanks Randall


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6 Responses to “Eight Hours to Live”

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What a lovely surprise, you redesigned your blog! Looks soooooooo much better. Thank you for mentioning me in the post, blog roll and tags. It’s an honor! I particularly like the pic of your wife (guessing) and the slideshow on the about page. This is good: Living in the First World longing for the Third! But there’s no mention of the Phillipines…and there’s this: Live to Experience life. So you seem to be covering three things. (Or more… the about page talks about a different type of journey.) Is that what you’re going to write about and if so how are you going to pull them all together? If the focus is on the Phillipines and getting back there you need to tell people:) I’d put the about copy above the slideshow and really tell people what info they can expect to find here and why they need to subscribe right now!

I love the Phillipines angle but it’s your blog. I know sorting all this takes time. My blog evolved as it grew so hopefully it will become clear to you the more you write. Blog’s are always changing, that’s what’s great about them.

Can you move the Feed subscribe to the top where the cloud is now? The flickr photos are interesting but what if people click on them and don’t come back? Can you offer email subscribe as another option?

Keep blogging and I’ll be looking forward to seeing where it leads you. I hope it opens up as many opportunities and amazing connections as it has for me.

There’s lots to learn about blogging,just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day so keep at it, you’re off to a great start.

Hi, Annabell. Thanks for commenting. I took to heart the things you said and re-designed a little bit. Very valuable advice. I thank you for your continued support.

8 hrs to live, so true, you know i look at it as a quest, if i keep working get my pension, ss, what ever annuities i might have, imay reach my dream and be able to live in the philippines for good, the only sad thing is i will be old to accomplish this feat. Its ok keep your eyes on the prize!

What we need to do is create about $1500.00 per month and you could live there like a king!

Hey Randall!

Great post! I’m constantly reminded that sometimes my “best” time doesn’t go to the places that make the most difference. We tend to be selfish by nature, which means we find things to do with our time that benefit (mostly) us.

Can you imagine what would happen if everyone took time to organize and plan their time? What a huge difference this would make! Instead of dreaming about what we “could” do, why not make a plan of action and actually DO it?

Thanks for your thoughts and I appreciate you stopping by my blog as well!


Thanks for the comment Michael. I was talking to my brother the other day about you, and how you guys met. (He’s Crazy BTW). Yes, it is amazing how much time we really waste on ourselves. If we would just harness that unused time there is no limit to what we could do!!

I think your right. We get stuck between the “what we could do” and the “action plan” part.

Thanks for stopping by!

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