Maybe there’s things in life you’d like to accomplish someday. Perhaps like most people you’re convinced there’s not enough time, eventually writing off any chance of self-actualization.
Time in my opinion is our most valuable asset, but surprisingly only a few use it effectively. The truth, is time it’s created equal and disbursed 24 hours per day for everyone to use. I’m starting to lose count of the times I’ve heard, “I wish I had some extra time in my life”.
How do you spend your time?
If you’re like most people you don’t have a clue without reviewing your day. A day is simple enough to review but what about a week, month or an entire year. Just a few minutes can eventually add up to hours, days and weeks over time that’s lost forever.
Fortunately, there’s hope of finding more time when you’re ready to own-up. I challenge you to keep track daily for one week and use the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why) to investigate the week.
Take a long hard look at your current use of time and life priorities. Start building a routine schedule by asking ‘why’ for each item of importance, because you’ll always find enough time if the ‘why’ is strong enough.
At this point, you should have established around 2-4 top priorities to start focusing on. Let’s dive deep in once you’ve established a why mind-set with your priorities deep-seated and sprinkled in concrete.
Let’s find more time!
We spend half our lives on screens…for fun.
The facts based off the U.S. and some countries closely mirror this data. Leisure screen time numbers…watching television 84-129 hours per month, 38-84 hours per month on mobile (33 percent social media) and the desktop computer accounts for 40-72 hours per month according to data from Smartinsights.
Shocking I hope, the mindless use of time as if there’s an infinite supply. Yet most of us say we do not have enough in the day. Surely it must seem clear from the data that we must be either fooling ourselves or just flat out lying about a lack of time.
The solution is simple for TV turn the damn thing off and stop whining, just do it your wasting time. When device usage is out-of-control I suggest Net Nanny for desktop it has excellent time management controls and for mobile delete all the un-productive apps.
Commuting takes for-freaking-ever…it sucks.
The U.S. monthly commute time is between 40-100 hours round-trip varies from location according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and its just as bad in other parts of the world.
OK it’s shit, I think everyone agrees. To add to the stench it steals time like a vampire sucks blood, costs around 14 percent of your annual salary, increases stress, and I’ve even seen a survey from Sweden that 40 percent of commuters are more likely to divorce when compared to couples who never commute. The list goes on like a commute…forever.
Stop commuting…that was easy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way but I’m sure most wish it so. To make the best use of this time with-out changing your routine, I highly recommend podcasts and or audio-books.
You know your transport best and available options to use. However, if your a solo driver I suggest you give some heavy consideration for carpooling.
Final note kill the commute with a telework position or start your own business.
It’s your time…take it back. Once it’s gone…yep, it’s gone!