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How can I realistically reclaim 20-40 hours of free time per week to pursue my dreams and goals-that will not necessarily produce much income in the beginning years -without dramatically sacrificing life comfort or financial security?

Answered by Christopher Dodd, freelancer digital nomad

First of all, I would re-frame your mindset around productivity. As someone who has had a lot of free time over the last 2 years, I haven't always been the most productive. It's not so much the number of hours in the day but the amount of brain juice left in your head that will make you productive. Your mental energy is what's important here and you can get a lot done in just a few hours if you tweak your lifestyle to increase your supply of brain juice.

Perfect example of this is exercise: going for a run or to the gym may take more of your time but for me at least, I find it helps my overall energy levels and makes me more productive.

Secondly, if you want to be successful, you should be willing to sacrifice comfort and financial security. I know a ton of examples of successful entrepreneurs who had to downgrade their lifestyle (move in with their parents, etc) in order to chase their dreams.

Thirdly, it's important to choose to work on something that you are (at least somewhat) passionate about. How are you going to motivate yourself to make sacrifices unless you really want to succeed or are passionate about what you're doing?

You have to be determined. Yes, there will be sacrifices but you have to want it bad enough.

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