Do you ever wonder how some people can get so much done – whereas others struggle to just get through the day?
I do – often – and I wanted to look today at why this may be.
Why do some people have no time at all, when others can find the time to do everything they want to do? – What’s the key?
WE ALL HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME
Starting off, of course – time is one of those things that makes every one of us equal.
There’s just no way on earth to create extra time. Whether you’re rich / poor / male / female – whoever you are you get the same amount – no more and no less.
So – how come some people can make that time count so much more?
IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITH IT THAT COUNTS…
The trick to getting the most out of your time is to make sure that you are spending time on what matters to you – and nothing more.
Filling your days with “busy” things only leads to getting nowhere fast – and that’s a problem most of us have,
There are lots of ways we can waste time – whether you find yourself saying YES too much, so as not to offend anyone – or whether you are doing things because you’ve always done them – without question – you may well be doing things that you really don’t need to be doing anymore.
After all – have you ever wondered how you find the time to cope with emergencies when they arise? You find the time because it needs to be found – no questions asked.
So you want to look at your standard days like this as well.
TREAT EVERY DAY LIKE IT MATTERS
How often do you go through your day running around like a mad man/woman – trying to get from A to B without forgetting anything, and trying to get everything done?
It’s a crazy life – but one that a large majority of us succumb to over the years.
Our days get more and more filled up – with home, work, family, friends, fitness, hobbies etc…. all wanting a piece of our day.
No wonder we feel like there’s no time – and it’s time to take a reality check on things…
THE TWO THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT YOUR TIME
You can distill your time management into two key areas –
- Consciousness of the time you have
- Your priorities
… each of these need to be looked at, and managed, in turn so that you can get a little breathing space in your day – sound good?
Let’s tackle each one in turn…
ARE YOU CONSCIOUS OF YOUR TIME?
I want to do a quick exercise today with you that really makes you think about what time you actually have available – and where you may be able to find time from that otherwise has been lost in the past.
This will enable much more conscious thought on where you spend your time, and how much you actually have – and is a great place to start.
It’s a fantastic way to put some perspective on time, and start to manage yours better – so lets get started!
We all have the same amount of time each week. There are 24 hours in a day – 168 hours a week – FACT
What we need to look at is what we NEED to spend out time on currently.
These are the jobs and priorities that are not negotiable in our lives, things that we need to do most days if not every day – to keep out homes and families running smoothly.
Think about the following categories, and put a weekly amount of hours that you spend against each one (weekly is easier as some items will be done on different days – so it evens everything out)
Sleeping / Eating and preparing food / Work / Travel and Commuting / Morning routine (getting ready) / Evening routine (bedtime, bath etc…) / Household jobs / Errands and Shopping / Hobbies / Exercise / Socialising / Family time
HERE’S AN EXAMPLE FOR SOMEONE WHO WORKS FULL TIME WITH A SMALL COMMUTE: –
- Sleep (7.5 * 7 = 52.5 hours)
- Eat and cook (2 *7 = 14hrs)
- Work (8 * 5 = 40 hours)
- Travel (1 *5 = 5hrs)
- Morning and evening routines (bathing and grooming) (1 *7 = 7hrs)
- Household jobs and errands (1.5 * 7 = 10.5hrs)
- Hobbies (2hrs)
- Exercise (3hrs)
- Socialising (5hrs)
- Family Time (15hrs)
A grand total of 155 hours a week spent on the necessary things in this persons like (note that some of these are still fun stuff like socialising and hobbies – it isn’t all jobs!).
Also its worth adding in contingency – just like you would for any project, as there are always going to be things that crop up out of the blue. We all know they happen so we may as well accept this fact! – I will add on 5 hours for this.
So – overall we have used up 160 hours out of a possible 168 hours in the week.
That STILL means that this person has 8 hours of totally free time to use – the best part of an entire working day each and every week!
However, I very much doubt that anyone will have 8 hours of totally free time each week that just simply crying out to be filled…..so, where’s that free time going?
WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
The likelihood is that when you look at your day more closely – there will be a lot of time where you are busy with things that don’t matter in the scheme of things – watching TV and the internet are prime examples (click here for more time wasters!)
Now, if you want to spend time watching TV and this is important to you – then go for it – by all means! – but more often than not things like this aren’t the priorities that are important to us in our lives. Watching TV or something similar has become a habit for most of us in the evenings, and not a goal.
Prioritising is just about recognising that you have a choice with how you spend time, and you can make things happen if you are careful with it.
Time can literally just slip away unless we are mindful of what we are doing with it.
Even if you aren’t quite ready to chuck out the TV and computer just yet (I know I need to relax each night so I’m all for finding the middle ground!) – if you just consciously allocated 2 hours of your TV time a week to do something that you haven’t found the time for yet, you will make steady progress and see results quickly.
Think of what you could achieve in a month, or even a year!
Or why not do those things that you are passionate about – priorities and goals for yourself (like starting a business, doing a new hobby, extra family time etc…).
Whatever makes you smile.
So – when you are saying to yourself that there’s no time in the day to get things done – take a step back and consider what you are doing with the time you have.
We all have the same amount of time – but it’s what we choose to do with it that can vary so much,
Yes, we have lots of commitments and tasks to do each day/week – but we can also take charge of the time we can manage – and make it count so much more.
Whether you want to have more time to relax, or you want to start a business – or anything in between – the choice is yours – and all it takes are a few tweaks to maybe make all the difference.
Good luck, and I’d love to hear about how you get on, so please leave a comment below.
PS – if you want to grab a few more tricks and ideas for getting more out of your day – why not CLICK HERE…