Before you get worked up over the title of this blog, I have never heard of the former Love Island star turned entrepreneur, Molly-Mae Hague. While doing research for this post, I was shocked to find an article in Cosmopolitan by Alice Snape dated January 8, 2022. The article states Molly-Mae faced backlash over comments she made during a recent podcast while being interviewed on the Diary of a CEO. You can read the entire article here https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a38695152/molly-mae-24-hours-in-a-day/. I also found comments on this topic, such as this one from Evie Muir @xeviemuir “I have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé, but I spend most of them advocating for my mental health against ableist, racist workplaces who make me cry and give me panic attacks. We are not the same.” 6:13 AM · January 6, 2022, ·Twitter for iPhone
From what I gather, the people you tend to hear speaking on this topic are financially well off and have a host of support to get them through their 24 hours. For this reason, I can completely understand why so many people are upset and are speaking out. When someone famous tells you how to produce like a superstar, but they forget to show you what’s behind the curtain, tempers will flare. Most of us already feel we are doing everything humanly possible and still can’t make it past a certain point. We have spread ourselves so thin that everything upsets us. We have convinced ourselves that being busy should be glorified. Being overworked and having a packed calendar means you have succeeded. We fail to realize that we are not the same when stressed.
This statement isn’t wrong; it’s all how you interpret it. The good news is we have the same 24 hours in a day, and you get to choose how you spend it. You get to decide how much or how little you do in a day. You decide if you feel good about the amount of work you produce or not. If you want to sleep all day, then do it. If you want to bust your ass, then do it. The good and the bad news is you have to take responsibility for what you accomplish. Ultimately you are responsible for your drive, energy, and perseverance. So take a moment, and think about what you want out of your day, week, and life.
I love to start my day with an intention. What do I want out of my day? I have a to-do list of things I want to accomplish daily, weekly, monthly. I have short and long-term goals and a routine I follow daily. These are things that make me feel like I have accomplished something. Do I feel overwhelmed at times? Hell yes! Do I wish I had someone to help me achieve my goals, give me a leg up? Mmmhmm. That isn’t my reality, so I put my head down and work that much harder.
My “24 hours” looked different 10, 20, and 30 years ago. I had help, money, and age was on my side. The Days seemed longer, and my goals were loftier. Then life throws you a curveball, and your priorities change. I slowly realized being a “busy mom” wasn’t how I wanted to live my life. I now treasure memories over things. I am task-oriented but don’t believe everyone has to live the way I do. We are all unique, which makes life that much more enjoyable. I know my output is on the high end, and I am good with that, but I also know when to let myself off the hook and relax. Not to demand so much from me and be good with it. Life is a journey, and if you are not careful, it will be gone before you know it.
So remember, you get to choose how you spend your 24 hours, and I decide how I spend mine. There is, however, the non-judgment policy you must abide by. There is no judgment on how anyone else spends their time, and you can’t complain if you don’t get what you want out of life if you don’t participate.
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