It’s impossible, I hear you say, how can I possibly find an hour a day just for me, I am booked solid from dawn till dusk. I appreciate that on the face of it, it seems very difficult but in truth it’s not that difficult, you just need to pinch small amounts of time from other activities.
If your time is booked solid and you don’t allocate time for you, there is a danger that you are leaving yourself susceptible to stress, depression, and anxiety. When you make time to reflect on your goals, dreams, and ambitions you improve the quality of your life immeasurably.
Focusing on the things that are the most important to you allows you to go after those goals, dreams and ambitions with a passion that ultimately brings them to life.
Free up an hour a day using these ideas:
1. Cut down of your TV time.
Television can be a massive time waster. Most people spend on average 4 hours a day watching TV. Do you? If so, cut this down by ten minutes and you will easily find an hour.
2. Limit time spent on the internet.
The internet is without doubt a great source of information, but it’s also a great place to pile up unproductive time. For example, how many times have you logged on to the internet to do some research, only to find an hour later, the research still needs to be done, but having gone on to Twitter or Face book, you are fully up to speed with what your friends are reading and what they are having for lunch?
3. Get up an hour earlier.
Set the alarm clock an hour earlier, and have that hour all to yourself. The early morning can give you a very quiet and peaceful hour that you are unlikely to get for the rest of the day.
4. Tame your in-box.
Only check and reply to emails at a specific time of the day and no more than twice a day maximum.
5. Cut down on shopping time.
In the interests of your own well being, for one month make the food shopping the only visit to the shops that you do. (Don’t be tempted to do it online). Go on try it, it’s only a month.
6. Take a lunch break.
A break is as good as a rest, get out of the habit of working through your lunch break, use it as an opportunity to have some me time. You will feel more productive in the afternoon.
7. Avoid the news.
For 30 days do not watch, read, or listen to any news. Use the time instead for some personal reflection, by avoiding all the bad news, you will also feel more optimistic about the world in which we live.
8. Drop some of the after work activities.
Instead be selfish now and again and plan to use some of this time for yourself.
9. Cut down on your reading time.
Prioritise the most important parts of your reading activity and limit the non-essential reading to a certain time each day.
10. Ration your playtime.
Whilst it is important to relax and participate in activities that you enjoy. If you find yourself playing video games for hours at a time or going out with friends every night, perhaps you can utilize a little of this time for personal reflection.
As a starter why not just choose four of the above to use each day, you only have to cut 15 minutes from each activity to find your hour. These are just my ideas on the ways you can free up an hour just for you; I’m convinced that you could easily find 10 more, leave a comment and let me know what you come up with.
Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor