With 24 hours in a day, there’s only so much we can do. Over committing becomes easy because there’s plenty of goodies in this world we want to experience and be a part of.

Going on social media and opening your email is a great way to be invited to things you never should say yes to, and yet, we do it all the time.

I’m very guilty of this! Damn FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)!

But what’s more important to you? Your time or not missing out? Let’s break down how much time we actually have:

Days Hours Minutes Seconds
One Day 1 24 1,440 86,400
One Week 7 168 10,080 604,800
One Month 30 720 43,200 2,592,000
One Year 365 8,760 525,600 31,536,000
 25 Years  9,125  219,000  13,140,000  788,400,000
50 Years 18,250 438,000 26,280,000 1.58 x 10e9
75 Years 27,375 657,000 39,420,000 2.37 x 10e9
100 Years 36,500 876,000 52,560,000 3.15 x 10e9

Just imagine that you live to be 100 years old; if you’re the typical person, you really have no control over your life until 25.

Until 18, your parents and teachers dictate down to you what you’ll be committing your time to. Then go to college and work a mindless job takes you to 25 years old.

With this math, you are left with 75 years to control as your own. With 657,000 hours left in life, let’s say you get he average 8 hours of sleep each night (219,000 hours of sleep) to leave you with 438,000 hours left to enjoy your waking hours.

But wait! We need a J.O.B. If you’re lucky enough to retire at 65 and work exactly 40 hours a week, you’ll have a grand total of 354,800 hours left.

And remember, this number comes if you’ll live to be 100, go to college and retire at 65 after working exactly 40 hours a week for 40 years. In 21st century America, you’d be the luckiest person in the world if this was true for you!

This is what’s left: 354,800 hours = 14,783.3 full days

If you turn either of those numbers into dollars, every time you say ‘yes’ it’ll cost you! The worst part is, you can always make more money but you’ll never be able to do that with time.

It’s devastating to me to see these numbers. When people ask you to commit to something, they’re asking you to give up your most valuable resource in the world on the sole agreement that you’ll never get one 1/4 penny of it back.

The question is, is saying ‘yes’ worth the time investment? This is how I personally avoid over committing myself:

1) Know Your Purpose and Big Thinking Goals

When presented with an opportunity, if it doesn’t fit my life purpose or help me to get closer to my goal, then there’s zero reason for me to say yes.

2) Know Your Worth

If you don’t know what your time is worth to you, don’t expect anyone else to know. If you act like your time isn’t worth anything, no one will treat it like it is either.

3) Grow a Pair

Saying ‘no’ to someone requires confidence. Once you grow a sack you’ll be able to respect your time, their time, and your goals a lot easier.


Say ‘no’ to everything presented to you for the next 72 hours. Exercise that brain muscle so you can do it again in the future when it matters most!

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