Time. Our most valuable resource. Something that ticks away day after day. But unlike money or materialistic items, we can’t buy more time.
We’ve all got the same amount of time in a day -24 hours. No one has more and you don’t have less. It’s equal. But it all comes down to prioritising your time. If you ever find yourself saying ‘I don’t have the time to look after myself or I can’t, I have to work all the time’, then I’ve written this with you in mind. If you’re not taking ownership of your time, somebody else will.
Back when I was working in the health clinic, somebody else had control of my time book. There was always so much to do. But I was patient. I was doing it for my clients. If you’re a business leader and you’re part of a team, it’s understandable that you think you’ve got to take care of everyone else. But at the end of the day, it’s your own personal responsibility to look after your life. Guard it with your life because you can’t get it back.
When you overwork yourself, people are stealing time away from you. And that’s valuable time you could be spending with your family or loved ones.
And trust me, it’s not an easy decision to make. After working for so long in the health clinic, I quit. Now quitting your job might not be an option for you right now but there are other things you could change. You could even speak with your boss for help restructuring your work schedule to make life less stressful and give you more time.
So what do we use our time for?
Here’s some numbers I’ve written down to put things in perspective.
You have 168 hours per week.
You sleep for 8 hours every night.
That works out at 66 hours a week.
You now have 112 hours remaining of your week. The work week is usually 40 hours a week in most countries. You’ve now got 72 hours left in your week. Add into that commuting time – let’s say you travel 1 hour each direction per week day (10 hours) and we’re now down to 62 hours.
Eating will account for 21 hours of your time (41 hours left). Don’t forget your self care in the mornings and evenings – 10 hours (31 to go). Depending if you have children or not you could be left with next to no time for yourself over the course of a week.
Even if we have time left, we tend to ‘do things’ because we have the time. We never stop and reflect.
So what can you do right now?
Take a piece of paper and write down a list just like I did and see where your time is being spent. Your numbers might differ from mine but it will give you a clear perspective of where you can make more time for yourself without ‘just doing things’.
Did you write your list? How many hours did you have left? Sit down and ask yourself ‘what could I do differently to give me more time?’
It might feel uncomfortable for you but this is the only way to get control of your time – by asking these questions. You have to figure out where you’re at right now.
But like I said earlier, most people never do this. They don’t spend the time to just reflect. They just do,do,do – no wonder everyone is burned into the ground with stress!
Over to You
Time that is gone is gone forever.
So take a piece of paper, write down your numbers and then ask yourself the key questions and see how you can create more time for you and your family. What can you do right now that would give you more time?
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To your success and keep smiling,