DO I HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO CREATE A GREAT LIFE?
A GREAT QUESTION!
IS THAT REALLY A QUESTION?
As I wrote the question above, my thought was "of course, how could you not?"
But I do understand that people have a lack of clarity and a vagueness of thought (with an underlying fear) about whether they have enough time with all the other busyness of life and their "needs". [But the busyness is a result of filling time with low payoff activities, always!]
Ironically, as one goes through the steps to create greater functionality in life, and thus a greater life, his/her "needs" decrease substantially, freeing up lots of wasted time. They no longer live in doubt or fear, so they don't have as much of an energy and time leak related to those.
And they have far less "clean up" time. They stop making the errors that take up time to clean up and/or damage the functioning necessary to handle life well.
You have 168 hours a week and you currently spend 6 to 30 hours on low payoff or harmful activities. You'll also free up some time on high and medium payoff activities because you will be more effective and productive, more capable of doing more in less time. You have well in excess of 12,000 hours per decade to be able to learn and practice.
If you just dumped all but one hour of tv or useless reading of the newspaper, you would have time to develop all the areas of your life plus learn 7 languages to good fluency.
There is no question about whether you have the available time. Of course, there is the question of whether you will be smart enough to be committed to setting aside the time to develop your being smart and productive in life.
I recommend you consider the following - and that you make the official commitment.
BECOME AN 80/20 PERSON
If we focus on "the vital few" and toss out the low payoff areas in life, we will have plenty of time for it all, plus plenty of leisure time. How and what you'll do is covered in the sister site Living The 80/20 Life.
FREEING UP BLOCKS OF TIME AND SCHEDULING BLOCKS
Although you will have spare time every evening, not every evening will be used. And one tends not to be alert at that hour, at least sometimes. The reading is, however, not that difficult - just go through it in the order listed in the program or in the contents/links page for the subject.
The best way to make significant progress is by setting aside whole days to study through the material on this site, including the links, until you've arrive at "good" proficiency in the key areas, where you know and understand the key factors involved and how to use them and have implemented them.
I would also recommend that you set aside almost all Saturday mornings for study.
Early morning for a half an hour, to do some of the reading.
Take a whole week and really get alot of this under your belt. If you merely get down the part about critical thinking and then the part about prioritizing things, you will be off and running, IF you've also set aside (and do it) time for planning every week. And, of course, setting up that master schedule, as suggested in the Quickest Life Improvers, will have a marvelous effect.
Remember, please, that taking time to learn the critical high payoff items will actually cause you to have alot of time being freed up, as you'll be operating more effectively, plus you'll be saving alot (!) of time by not having to repair problems and/or cope often with problems.