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time management

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We all have the same amount.
We have all lost pieces of it.
But, to be certain, we’ll never get any of it back.

TIME!

Like a lot of people I have a DVR. And aside from being able to skip those boring commercials, it allows me to watch what I want to watch…WHEN I want to watch it. I can’t imagine being forced to sit down from 8:00-9:00 to watch my favorite show. I can pause it, skip forward or rewind if I fall asleep. (yeah, like I’m the only one!)

So it doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a large company or the sole proprietor of part time business…we all have 168 hours a week to use as we see fit.

Dr Visits
In your lifetime, how many doctor appointments have you had 20? 80? 140? And of those, how many have you missed? For me, I can probably count them on one hand. And the biggest reason WHY they weren’t missed is because I had them on my schedule.

So if we can schedule time for someone else, why shouldn’t we schedule time for ourselves? I think these are some potential reasons we don’t schedule our time better.

1. It would make us accountable for all the things we schedule. (and missing a schedule could look like a form of “failure”)
2. It takes effort to do it.
3. We feel we can do it without writing it down.

Seem familiar?

I think we should look at our time like we would our finances (assuming you have a budget!). You start with what “income” you have (168 hours) and subtract out the payments we are required to make (sleeping, eating) and then work with what is left.

And you have probably heard, regarding a financial budget, to “pay yourself first“. I believe that to have a decent work/life balance, that’s important.

Now before you push back, I’ll agree that we all go thru seasons of our personal or work lives that will cause us to adjust those balances. However, you need to be intentional about getting that back in sync as soon as possible. So be sure to schedule in the fun things (family, recreation, exercise) as well.

If you decide to spend more time on one thing, it will require you spend less time on something else…you have to choose. Just choose intentionally, not because you failed to budget it.

There should be room for change in any “time budget”. But if you don’t start off by writing it down, you won’t have anything to change. Give it an honest try for 7 days and see how it changes your perspective.

 

Bottom Line: Start a time budget now. Schedule everything.

 

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About Brian Richardson

Entrepreneur, father, grandfather, Christian, start-up fanatic