Life can be pretty hectic, right?
We live in an age where you have to work a full-time job (or maybe even crazy hours, like the night shift) but are also expected to cook hearty, healthy meals for the whole family, not to mention have a clean and shiny home, go to the gym 5 times a week, raise perfect children who never make a mistake, have your washing all done, dried and folded and expected to have the appearance of someone who isn’t exhausted and trying to find the motivation to get through the day.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I get a spare five minutes to myself, I just want to either sit and soak up the silence, read a book or take a nap.
There’s never any time to do anything. You see others going to the gym, starting a new side hustle or learning a new skill. Do you ever just look at them and think “How do you have the time?”
Some people just seem to be winning at life and have their sh*t together, right?
The truth is, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. So why do some people have it altogether?
Finding time is almost impossible. You have to make time.
But how do we make time?
I guess it starts with looking at your priorities.
Do you want to do any of the above things? Something else? You have to be motivated by the activity you plan to do or you’ll always find an excuse why you can’t do it.
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Next, let’s look at all the typical activities you do in a week, in fact, write them down.
Then, put a mark against the things that do you absolutely need to do by yourself (eg your day job).
Now, using a different mark, identify the things that you could delegate. This could be the washing up a few nights a week, asking someone to pick the kids up from school, hoovering, making dinner. The more items you can mark, the better. You don’t have to delegate all the items, but by doing this, you will see how much free time you can free up to work towards your goal.
Then, I want you to mark with big fat X all the activities that can be cut out completely. This might be things that other people have delegated to you, and now you need to politely claim that time back because you’ve got some dreams to chase, girlfriend.
Also, while we’re at it, let’s be clear about the time we waste. You know I have to mention the big ones. Watching TV and social media surfing.
I’m not saying cut them out completely, but if you sacrifice just one hour of TV a night to work on your goal, by the end of the year, that equivalates to nine, yes NINE 40 hour work weeks!
That’s the same as working 2 months full-time!
According to an article in the telegraph, the average person in the UK is online for 24 hours a week, with 1 in 5 of us totalling around 40 hours a week.
40 HOURS A WEEK!!
We all need time to relax and unwind, but in reality, how many of us sit there, flicking through the channels just trying to find the least worst thing to watch? Or endlessly scrolling through our news feeds utterly bored but unable to stop scrolling?
This isn’t about sacrificing life as you know it to work full-on and burn out. It’s about making small tweaks to your routine to help your dreams come true.
So grab a pen and your favourite notebook (or even an old envelope) and write down your list of daily and weekly activities and see where you can cut back, delegate or adjust.
No one is saying you have to block out 2 hours of time per day to work on your goals (although if you can, that’s amazing!)
Even making two 15 minute blocks of time per day, over the year will add up to 182.5 hours.
10 minutes here and there definitely add up and contribute massively to a new skill, research or big actions taken towards making your life more pleasurable, fulfilling or meaningful.
Where can you create time within your day?
Take an honest look at your life and see where you can make time and schedule it in so that it’s non-negotiable.