We all have the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. Yet, some people seem to be accomplish way more than the rest of us.
What is the reason some people are able to accomplish more in a day? It’s simple.
And a little organization.
Time management is defined as the ability to plan and control how you spend the hours in your day to effectively accomplish your goals.
As I too only have a certain amount of time in my day, I make sure to utilize every minute. From the time I wake up until I go to sleep, I have my time intentionally scheduled. Not every scheduled minute is what some may call “productive time.” I make sure to schedule times of rest and spending intentional time with my family. I make sure to plan out the things that are important, and non-urgent, into my day.
At work, I utilize my break and lunch time to maximize my time. I walk on my morning break, write during lunch, and read during my afternoon break. The evenings are for family and once the kids go to bed, I set aside time to read, write or spend time with my husband.
I have many goals I would like to achieve in my life. We are never guaranteed a certain amount of time on this Earth. As the main character in the new Disney movie Tomorrowland says “With every second that ticks by, the future is running out.” Do you want to sit by and watch your future run out?
To make sure you do not sit on the sidelines watching others live the life they want, you must first look at how you are spending your time.
Here are 5 steps to maximize your time:
- Where do you spend your time?
Use this time blocking document to notate where you are spending your time. It is set up to be used in hour or half hour increments. This is a tool to help you, not to hinder you. If you forget to write something down, do not worry. Utilize this tool to the best of your ability. The more effort you put into the exercise, the better you can accurately determine where you spend your time.
- Review the document
Look at your week. Are there specific trends? Are there certain times of the day you check social media or watch tv?
- Decide what is a waste of time and what is important
What did you do in your week that you felt accomplished in doing and were proud of? What in your week can you not believe you spent time doing? Decide which activities you participated in are of importance and which are a waste of time.
- Think about your goals and priorities
Did the time you spent during the week help you move closer to your goals and keep your priorities in line? Often, I find myself zoning out with my phone in hand when I should be spending time with my kids. If I notice I am spending too much time on social media, I rethink how I want to spend my evenings and adjust accordingly.
Was there wasteful time (tv, social media, etc.) which you can turn into productive time? Everyone deserves to relax and veg out in front of the tv once in awhile. If this is your go-to every night, this might be getting in the way of you achieving your goals.
- Create a schedule
Create a schedule that includes tasks to be completed, people to be with, and the hobbies that are most important to you. This calendar is used as a guide. It includes the important and urgent, as well as the important and non-urgent. It is to help you maximize your time.
It is sad to say, but if I do not schedule family dates, the to-do list often gets in the way of being together as a family. As this is a priority, I put it on my schedule.
Scheduling ensures I have planned my time according to my priorities.Scheduling ensures I have planned my time according to my priorities. Click To Tweet
Some may say by scheduling out my time I’m not leaving room for margin or spontaneity. There will always be certain things that trump my calendar. By scheduling out my day and week, I have a plan in place, and I get 85% of what I have scheduled accomplished.
And the other 15%?
Do you schedule out your time? If so, what do you normally put in your calendar?
Here’s to the Journey!