One of the most common things I hear from people is “I just haven’t got the time”. Everyone would like to have more free time but don’t know how to go about achieving it. When I work with clients, I help them to discover free time by getting them to take seven simple steps.
Create more free time in your life by taking the following steps:
Identify your three biggest time wasters or distractions at home.
The most common distractions and time wasters are often electronic in nature. Your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, and the television can leave you wondering where the time went. Other distractions might include an annoying neighbour, an organisation or client that requires too much of your time. Think of ways to eliminate or minimise these distractions and spend your time in a more meaningful way.
Utilise the free time you already have.
When you get free time how do you use it? Consider both the small blocks of time you have available throughout the day and the larger segments of time that you have free. If you’re early for a meeting, how do you use that time?Do you use your time in your car as productively as possible? You could use the time listen to educational programs.Resolve to examine all your available free time and use it productively.
Identify your three biggest time wasters or distractions at work.
Do you have an overly chatty colleague? They might be neutralised with headphones. Turn off the ringer and notifications on your phone. Think of the distractions you face and create solutions.
Make a list of your work and personal priorities.
You can’t do everything. It’s impossible to focus your time if you’re unaware of your priorities. Focus your attention on the priorities that you set each day.
Identify the optional activities in your life.
Make a list of everything you do in your life that’s optional – from watching TV to playing football at the weekends. Some of the activities that you do, add to your life in a meaningful way, while others do not. Which of those activities could you give up creating more free time in your life?
Simplify your life.
Do you spend time reading blogs, magazine subscriptions, and podcasts? Are they all worth the time? How often do you check your email? Is that more often than necessary? Can you hire someone to mow your grass or clean your home? Can you get rid of a few possessions that are taking up time and space in your life?
What would you do if you had more free time.
How will you spend the free time you’re going to generate? With whom would you spend it? If you can identify how you want to spend your free time, you might become more motivated to create more free time in your life.
Are you lacking enough time to enjoy your life? It’s time to set priorities and reduce distractions.
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Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor