Making money is great.
And when you get paid by the hour it’s tempting to work as many billable hours as you can.

But while billable work is great for the bottom line, it’s not always great for the soul.
You’ve got works of art you want to create. Start-up ideas you want to do.

But not maximizing your billable hours feel like your leaving money on the table.

So what’s does a poor boy do?

Try this.

Find out what your most productive time of day is (the hours where the creative juices are really flowing) and see if you can’t reserve 1-2 hours each day to focus on one true your passion.

Then, for one week, block off those core hours and don’t let anything keep you from doing whatever it is you need to do.
artist at work
Start that book.
Build that protoype.
Learn that guitar song.
Make that movie.
Spend that time with the family.

Whatever it is you need to do to fill your joy bucket, do it.

Do this for a week then reflect.

  • Do you feel better for having spent time on x,y,z?
  • Are you less stressed because you feel like you’ve accomplished something you’ve always wanted to do?
  • Do you look forward to getting up in the morning, knowing you’ve set time aside for something you really enjoy doing.

I’m not saying life is all fun and games, and there won’t be times you need to buckle down and get stuff done.

But by setting aside some time for those things you feel compelled to do, you can put food on the table, and enrich your life (and the lives of those around you) at the same time.

So block off that time. Give yourself a week. And see if you’re happier.

You know what’s important in your life.
Go do it.