While Time and Money are both important, time is the thing that everyone has and can use to improve themselves or make more money. Over the last few years I have come to realize how managing your time is even more important than managing your money. It was something I really struggled with when I was younger and even up until recently. I was always a person that would try to squeeze in a little bit more of something thinking that I had enough time, but really did not. Or if I was going out and said I would be there at a certain time, I would be there late. I never had a good perception on how long things took me to do and how long I needed to get ready. This led me to over promise and under deliver.
Reading has really helped me manage my time better and I am happy to say now this is area that I am well versed on (although always improving and tweaking). One of the things that changed the way I thought about time and also how I utilized it was when I tracked how I spent my time for 3 months. I used an app to do this and it helped me confirm a few things:
- I had my priorities in order. I could see how much time I spent with family, at work, etc. I was happy with the results regarding where I was spending my time.
- It allowed me to really see how long certain activities actually took in minutes and hours. This helped me plan ahead for when I did something similar in the future.
- I realized how inefficient multitasking was when for instance I was trying to focus on work, but then would get distracted and would have to refocus.
Think of a role model of yours or a really famous person in history and you’ll find out that they had the same amount of time that you did (it never changes 😀). Thinking of time in this way was very eye opening for me. It helped me realize that excuses and fear slowed my time and cost me time. If they were able to accomplish that much and had no extra time, what was my excuse for not doing more or reaching my goals?
I was not using time to my advantage like I knew I could or wanted too. It wasn’t until I budgeted my time, learned how long things actually took to do and prepare, did I start seeing changes. I bought a smart watch to use as a dumb watch to set timers and use it as a stopwatch (The smart features are nice though!). Doing these things helped me think differently to where I didn’t feel stressed and overwhelmed and I was actually able to focus, enjoy, and create more time by planning and preparing in advance.
What I hope to show with the time section of the website is a whole new perspective on thinking about your time and how you manage it. There are a lot of ways to waste your time and look at the end of the day and say “I didn’t get anything done” or “I didn’t move anything important forward.” We have the best/most productivity advice, knowledge, resources, tools than ever before, yet most people feel stressed, overworked, and like they’re not getting anything done. I believe it is just a matter of learning how to be content with what you have, looking at your time just like a budget (there is a finite amount of it), and realizing that if you choose one thing you’re not going to be able to do another thing.
I will also focus on showing that what you are spending your time on you should be enjoying. Your time is extremely valuable and you need to use all that time that you have to do things that are going to be the most productive for you, the most fun, or give you the most return on investment which we will discuss more in future articles. I hope to show how managing your time gives you peace of mind and that when you start spending your time on the right things, life-changing and life-altering events are not far behind!