It’s about time. (Or really how you use it.)
Earlier this month, currently December 2020, I received an email from Spotify.
The main headline was, “2020 Wrapped. You listened to 9,820 minutes on Spotify”
I grabbed my calculator.
9,820 minutes is 164 hours (actually, 163 hours and 40 minutes).
It is generally accepted that there are 24 hours in a day. So that would be 6 full days and 20 hours. Almost a whole week of uninterrupted listening to music this year.
Or to look at it another way.
2020 was a leap year, so there are 366 days, which means that it works out to just under 27 minutes of music a day. Every day. For 366 days.
I like music. I like to listen to it when I’m working (not all the time, sometimes I need the silence). As I write this I’m listening to Max Richter’s 8 or so hour long album, “Sleep”.
So for discussion purposes I invest 30 minutes a day listening to music. Every day. Without fail. It’s not a long time.
(To be honest it’s not necessarily an active process – I have music on in the background which is not the same as listening to music. I rarely listen to music. That’s a choice of course.)
Let us say that you want to learn something. And I say to you that you’ll have to invest at least 160 hours this year to your learning. What would your reaction be?
But if instead, I said that you needed to invest no more than 30 minutes a day, every day, I wonder how you’d feel about that?
I don’t know what you’re interested in achieving – perhaps learning a language (foreign, or computer), or learning an instrument (synthesiser, or mouth organ), or writing that book that everyone has inside them (apparently). How much further along with your learning would you be after 160 hours?
If you wrote only one page of A4 of your book every day then that’s at least 160 pages of your first draft for thirty minutes a day.
How much better would your language comprehension and skills be after 160 hours worth of learning?
Perhaps your understanding of subtractive synthesis after 160 hours now allows you to not only create the sounds that you hear in your head, but also to play them because you’ve been practicing for a year?
And how much more would be achieved if you took lessons? Or got guidance with a mentor, or a coach, or somebody specialised in that field?
What if you invested thirty minutes every day in you? In how you feel about yourself? In changing your life? I wonder what you’d discover 9,820 minutes later?
You can start that process right now. Let’s talk. It only takes a minute to book. If you can make the time that is.
Perhaps you didn’t invest that time every day because you couldn’t make the time. Or you didn’t think your progress was very good so you stopped after the first month. You didn’t like the sounds you were making with your chosen instrument so you decided that it wasn’t for you.
Or any of the ‘reasons’ why you didn’t.
I wonder where you’d be instead. It might look and feel very familiar.