In this Article we are going to take a look at how you can have MORE TIME in your Life. More Time for the Things you are passionate about ant more importantly, more time for yourself!
We are going to take a look at how implementing a schedule and how planning out your days, weeks, months and even years can help you in achieving your goals.
Because in today’s society people feel stressed and they feel like they have little to no time to get anything meaningful done. We are living in a fast-paced and fast-adapting society where we are constantly faced with new technologies – of which most of them are more positive than negative!
We live in a world where we are connected and online most of the time, the Internet and Social Media have a big influence on our lives and we can and should utilize them to progress, not to stand still or even move backwards.
The Internet is an amazing invention and today it is easier than it has ever been before to acquire knowledge and information – therefore feel blessed and use it to your advantage!
Let’s quickly analyze Time – our most valuable resource in Life.
Time is the only thing we can’t get back and therefore it is more important than anything else. We have to value our time and try to make the best out of it. The grains of sand in the universal hourglass are constantly moving. Every single day we have the opportunity to choose what we do with our precious time. It is up to you to decide if you want to make the most of your time or if you want to just let it pass.
No matter which option you go for, the time past cannot be recollected.
You can’t travel back in time (at least not yet) and you can’t have more than 24 hours in a day. We all have the same 24 hours, whether we live on one side of the planet or the other.
Everybody has the same 24 hours.
You have more Time than you think
Okay, let’s break this down. This one will probably offend you if you have not figured it out already. As mentioned, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and we all have the opportunity to decide WHAT we are going to do with our time. Let’s assume a generic and most applicable scenario for this breakdown.
Let’s assume that within 24 hours, your time is split up like this:
- Sleep – 8 hours
- Work – 8 hours
- Travel and commute to work – 2 hours
- Cooking, eating, household, and grocery shopping – 3 hours
If your schedule looks like this, then you have 3 hours a day which you can fully utilize to do something you are passionate about.
Those 3 hours are fully yours and no one can take them away from you. Now you could use those 3 hours to watch TV – like most of the people do – or you could use those 3 hours to WORK ON YOURSELF. 3 Hours a day, that makes 21 hours a week. 21 Hours a week makes about 84 Hours per Month. Multiply that with 12 Months and we roughly get 1008 Hours a Year.
Imagine for a moment, what you could achieve in 1000+ Hours of practice, self-development and honing your skills in just a single year!
This brutally honest and calculated approach shows you, that you actually have more time than you think. If you work less than 8 hours and/ or sleep less than 8 hours a day you have even more time! Using our time is all about setting priorities, so what are your priorities?
How do you use your 3 hours a day?
You could learn new skills, read books or work on an existing skill of yours – or you can watch TV and effectively waste those precious hours. Now I’m not going to tell you what to do with your time, in the end, it is your life and your decision what you make out of it and I am just a guy writing some posts on the internet.
All I’m going to do is show you that there’s an alternative. That there’s a way how to make the most of your time and to show you, that you, in fact, have more time on your hands than you think.
The Importance of Weekly Schedules
This seamlessly complements the importance of having a weekly schedule. Planning out your week in advance will not only show you what you have to get done this week and what you are doing with your time, but it also helps you in being more relaxed and feeling less stressed.
Now don’t freak out – planning out a week probably doesn’t take more than 1 Hour of work.
I like to plan out my week ahead on Sundays when I feel most relaxed. I usually put entries in my calendar for whatever is up this week. I decide IN ADVANCE what I am going to do each day – this relieves me from the danger of wasting time. I know exactly what to do and when to do it – I don’t feel like I don’t have enough time anymore. And because this has helped me in getting a better grip on my time, I want to share it with you.
How do you best plan out your week?
Well If you respond to our earlier discussed schedule then I’d say it’s best practice to go from the bigger, more time-consuming tasks to the smaller ones. Plan when you will be going to work and how many hours you will be working. Plan when you want to get your groceries done. If you are going to school or you are a student, then do the same just for school matters. If you are into sports, plan out your workouts or training sessions in advance.
Then you will see what spots are free.
In those free spots, you can now implement things that you “feel like you don’t have the time for”. Maybe you love reading books but never get to it? Maybe you are passionate about playing an instrument or maybe you are working on something but due to long working hours, you just can’t get ahead.
This is your moment! Take your time and plan out your week accordingly. Set priorities for yourself. Set priorities so that you won’t feel like you wasted your time.
This is so effective that it will have a lasting and positive impact on your brain. You will feel excited to wake up on a new day because you already know what your tasks are.
You will feel motivated and excited because you know that you CAN and WILL take the time to work on whatever you love.
You will feel thankful and grounded because you actually HAVE THE TIME to work on yourself.
Like I mentioned before, we all have more time on our hands than we think – and by implementing a weekly schedule we will realize it even better.
There is one simple catch with your time – you have to take time to take a break.
Although sentences like “sleep is for the weak” and “work harder and longer than everybody else” have a true core and are not to be taken lightly, there is something vital missing – the importance of calculated breaks.
Imagine your body being a machine, your work hard and long hours and you don’t take any breaks whatsoever – what is the most possible thing that will happen?
Your engine will overheat and you will take some damage.
This is why it is important to have some small calculated breaks where your engine can cool down.
It is not a coincidence that computers have an intern fan to cool it down, that cars have a radiator grill to prevent the engine from overheating and that we have four seasons.
It is only natural to heat up and cool down.
So it is important that we also take time to cool down. This will not only prevent us from taking serious physical or psychological damage (talk about burnouts) but it will also help us replenish our energy and being in a better and more effective state to get things done.
Be your own Referee and take some time out
So whilst planning out your week, consciously and actively implement those little calculated breaks.
It is absolutely no shame to watch a movie once in a while. It is absolutely not a waste of time if you love to play video games and implement a certain time-window in your weekly schedule to do so. You could use those calculated breaks to take a bath, to have a drink with friends or whatever you love to do.
The important thing is balance, life is all about balance and thus it is vital to have a balance between working and resting.
There is a difference between binge-watching a series or actively select to follow your favorite show on given times. Remember that it is your decision what you make out of your time and remember that no matter how much you want to get done in a day (or a week) you have a given amount of time on your hands.
So think of yourself like a highly-productive engine that simply needs to cool down from time to time in order to not overheat and take serious damage.
Don’t freak out
Last but not least, let’s talk about patience.
Patience is key in life. Patience is a key factor in having true and lasting success in life. Nothing happens overnight and if you look at some of the most influential and successful human beings this world has brought us you will realize that none of them got famous overnight. None of them did something once and it turned out to be the life-changing and million-dollar-generating switch.
More likely, these people worked long hours – heck even years – to achieve what they have achieved. So we can assume that those people had patience. They knew that they were working on something bigger and they didn’t freak out when it didn’t work out the first time.
Remember Thomas Edison’s famous quote:
“I haven’t invented the light-bulb, I have found out 1000 ways how not to invent one”.
I love this quote because it shows you the work-ethic of such a meaningful person. They embrace failure and setbacks and take them as motivators to get even better.
This is why it is so important that we don’t freak out when things don’t go our way. There is almost always something we can learn from our failures and setbacks. If we have a positive attitude towards them, they will help us get stronger, better and more efficient.
So if you feel inspired to plan out your week and implement a weekly schedule – do your best, but don’t freak out if it doesn’t always work out as you wanted it to. Life is full of unexpected turns and most of the time, we can not calculate them. They will happen and it’s something natural.
Take it easy and royally nod off inevitable changes. You are the CEO of your life and you don’t let inevitable things distract you or take you down. Take good care of your time and your time will reward you.
Improvise – Overcome – Adapt