Easy Steps to Saving Time
Would you like more time to spend on the things you love? Do you feel that there is never enough time for what you want to do? Are you stuck running around in circles trying to complete the day to day tasks you set yourself? If this all sounds familiar to you, do not worry, help is at hand – there are a number of ways in which you can make more time for yourself!
To start with, the very first thing you need to do is to find what inspires you, the things that motivate you into wanting to make use of this extra time.
Here are some of my reasons to find extra time:
- To make more time for Relaxation, doing exactly what I want to do. This could include reading, watching TV, starting a new hobby, or refreshing an old, forgotten one
- To be creative – I enjoy writing, gardening, and even cooking from scratch (on occasions)!
- To connect with others – this is really important for me, spending time with friends and family, making new friends, joining in group activities, generally connecting with others
- To enjoy new experiences – anything from a cinema trip to booking a holiday
Write it down
Once you have found your inspiration make sure you write it down, this helps you to focus on the outcomes, on the things you will be able to achieve when you have saved time. Get yourself a new notebook, and a set of pens. And keep the notebook where you can see it, don’t put it away in a drawer!
Next you need to review how you currently spend your time. Over the next week make sure you capture what you are doing each and every day, break it into half hour slots and record it in whichever way suits you. A spreadsheet, a journal or diary, or even just a notebook. Complete your record every couple of hours to ensure you remember what it is you have been doing. This stage can feel boring or monotonous, but it will pay dividends!
After a week
After you have completed one week of time recording, you should have a really good idea of what you actually do each and every day with your time. Now that you have that information logged and recorded, and easily accessed, you will be able to analyse exactly where and when your time is being wasted, and which tasks you are doing that do not inspire or motivate you. And you can begin to make plans that help you to save time for the things that really inspire you. Now the fun starts! And next week we will be looking at some quick gains!
Read more of my Monday Motivation blogs HERE.