Do you find yourself constantly chasing after more time? You don’t need more hours in the day, just a better means of managing your time.
There are so many demands on our time. Work, family, children, friends, cleaning, laundry, the list goes on and on, as I’m sure you’re aware! With so much to do we can feel that we’re in a constant battle, desperately trying to keep our heads above water in getting everything that needs to be done, done. We are frequently trying to fit 24 hours worth of activity into the 16 hours that we’re actually awake.
I have a little exercise for you. Grab a piece of paper and a pen now and make a note of how many hours a week you spend on different activities. It could look something like this:
- Sleep – 56 hours
- Work – 40 hours
- Watching TV – 7 hours
- Surfing the net – 10 hours
- Washing / morning routine – 3.5 hours
Once you have an estimated value for the majority of your activities add everything together and divide it by 7. This will give you an indication of how many hours worth of activities you are trying to cram into each day; in a lot of cases the figure ends up being more than 24 hours.
This exercise isn’t just about calculating that you’re working too hard, hopefully it will also open your eyes to those activities that are less essential and could be cut down on to make room for more important tasks. If you realise that you’re spending several hours a day on the internet or watching television, for example, but feeling that you never have enough time to get everything completed, perhaps that’s something that you could cut back on.
I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do, that’s up to you to decide! But what I can do is stress the importance of fitting time for yourself and for others into your schedule, as well as organising yourself to use the hours that you do have to the greatest effect. In my eBook I’ll cover these points in more detail, helping you to put some excellent time management into practice.