One of the most common excuses we hear as to why people aren’t doing the things they really want to is because they don’t have enough time.
Comments such as, “I’ll get to it when I have more time” or “I wish I had more time” or “I just don’t have enough time” confirm the fact that most of us now are so time poor.
The reality is we all have the same amount of time every day and every week — 24 hours per day and 168 hours per week. We cannot get more time, which means that in order to free up time to do what matters most to us, we must become more efficient and effective in how we do things.
When it comes to doing what matters most to us, it may include:
- Taking care of ourselves mentally, emotionally, physically, relationally and spiritually.
- Spending more time with our families.
- Learning something new.
- Planning for the future.
- Taking more time off.
- Doing things that bring us joy.
The challenge we face is finding the time to do these things, but the good news is there are things we can do daily to free up time.
The truth is if something is really important to us, we will find the time for it. Think about some of the things you may have done in recent times even though you had a full agenda.
It may have been:
- Attending your child’s sporting event.
- Going on a holiday.
- Watching your favourite TV show.
- Going for a walk or doing some form of exercise.
There are so many other things we do each day because we give them a higher priority over other things.
Here are seven things we can do to free up time that will enable us to gain a minimum of 10 hours each week to do things that are important to us.
|Activity||Time Saved Per Week (Hours)||Total Cumulative Saving (Hours)|
|Wake up 30 minutes earlier every day||3.5||3.5|
|Eliminate 1 hour of television per day||7||10.5|
|Reduce 30 minutes per day surfing the internet or using your mobile devices||3.5||14|
|Plan your meals in advance (batch cook meals where possible)||3||17|
|Eliminate unnecessary meetings or social appointments||2||19|
|Reduce time spent doing errands or housework||2||21|
|Respond to emails or phone calls during certain times each day||1||22|
Even if we only manage to do half of the things suggested above, we’ll still gain over 10 hours per week.
By choosing to do a few simple things each day, as per the examples above, it’ll have a compounding effect every week, which will lead to us gaining valuable time to do what matters most to us. The example above yielded a saving of 22 hours per week.
We all can find time every week if we’re committed to the things we consider important. All we have to do is evaluate what we’re doing daily, then start implementing these improvements.
Question: What is another thing we can do or improve in order to free up additional time each week?
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