HOW TO FIND MORE TIME IN YOUR DAY
While I wish there was a way to create more time and add a couple hours to my day here and there, it turns out the most effective thing we can do is FIND BETTER ways to spend our time. But, in order to do this, we need to first start by tracking our time.
Track my time, but why? (It's soo inconvenient, right?)
I know, but it's so important to see where your time really goes!
You may be hard at work getting yourself totally organized, scheduling in all your “to-dos” for each day only to find that most of those “to dos” aren’t getting “ta done.” But as you’re probably aware, this is no laughing matter. It’s downright Frustrating, with a capital F!
This is where tracking your time can help, and a two week period is an adequate length of time to get the feedback you’re looking for.
Track your time.
Note all of your activities for the next week or 2 and how long each activity takes.
Make it easy with a cell phone app such as;
Now, you can see your time as being in two categories
“Externally controlled time” and “Self-controlled time.”
What is this you say?
Externally controlled time:
This has to do with all those things in your life that you can’t really control the time of. They usually take the amount of time they are going to take no matter what you do. These are ‘getting the kids up, dressed and fed and driving them to school; commute time to work. The point is, these are regular, everyday things that take a generally set amount of time.
Then we have,
Self-controlled time is YOUR time. Time you finally have to give yourself some much needed personal care or to start working on your business!
Track your activities and the for the next two weeks, you'll start to really see how much self-controlled time vs. Externally controlled time you actually have. You might find that every day you have maybe two or three hours to yourself after the kids go to bed or maybe you can get up early before they wake up. That is your self-controlled time.
Once you can start to see, "wow, I really only have 3 hours per day to work on my business and other activities", then you can begin to realistically plan what’s possible to do daily. (And even start to think about ways to delegate!) So, instead of trying to map out a whole bunch of stuff and every day finding you're not getting half of it done, you can realistically see that you have this 2-3 hours a night to work with, so you plan accordingly.
Craft a realistic plan.
Once you’ve tracked your time, you can now plan accordingly because you now know how long it takes to do each of your business activities.
How long does it usually take you to knock out a blog post?, a social media post?
Only put what fits into your three hours of self-controlled time. It will feel so much better to see yourself complete your designated list of projects, instead of having 10 things you didn’t get to and feeling frustrated with yourself (when it really isn’t your fault!)
Now that you see what you are consistently doing or what needs to be done, you can find ways to do these things more efficiently . You can even find ways to reclaim your externally controlled time.For example; listening to a podcast on the way to work or delegating meal prep, etc.
Take the few minutes extra per day to log-in your activities (for even just 1 week) and you’ll save yourself valuable time down the road.
Want more freedom in your life? Start by tracking your time today
Hey there. Welcome! As a productivity & Business Strategist I help entrepreneurs like you, find the time to grow your business without the overwhelm, so there is more time for what matters most . xoxo