I get tired. Most of us do. I need my down time just like everyone else. But I realized a couple of years ago that my down time was taking up all my time, and my time is too valuable–literally, in dollars–to do that.
I’m not saying you have to be the next Seth Priebatsch, a serial entrepreneur and TED Talk alumnus. This New York Times article suggests that Seth may be “just manic enough,” capable of working tirelessly. You should never have that expectation of yourself. It will wear you out, leave you discouraged, and generally in the same place you started–going home after work and doing next to nothing.
However, if you take a look at the hours you do have at your disposal, you may realize that you can use some of them to your advantage.
With 4 hours per day, that’s 20 hours per week that you can spend doing something more productive than playing Xbox–and that’s not including weekends. Take night classes. Look for a higher paying job. Start a business. Sell your hobby. If you’re not sure where to start, keep reading Money Side of Life for money-making ideas in July.
The point is that you can make time to make a little extra money. Don’t let your down time take up all your time.