Take a quick look around the Internet and you’ll uncover conversations that proclaim there never seems to be enough hours in a day to get things done. Our busier-than-ever society doesn’t show any signs of slowing down and we constantly hear, “If you can show me how to add more hours to my day, I could get more done.”
It’s time for a wakeup call, people. You don’t need more time – you need to rearrange the time you have. You already get 7 days a week, but if you can’t accomplish tasks now – what difference will a few more hours make?
The key to making your schedule work for you is to establish a routine; set goals, priorities, preferences, learning to say no and becoming downright selfish with your time.
A Wake Up Call
No too long ago, a friend of mine took her mother to the hospital for a stress test. Linda’s mom is a 59 year old widow, still working full time, and totally devoted to her job and church activities, both of which seem to consume every waking moment of her life.
Rarely does she take time for herself. She eats on the run. She doesn’t exercise. She is now experiencing signs of health risk. Linda is patiently waiting in the same room as her mom while the nurse administers the test. The diagnosis was that Linda’s mom wasn’t eating right or getting enough exercise.
As the doctor went on to describe an eating and fitness plan, Linda’s mom blurted out, “I don’t have time for all of that! I’m a busy woman…” and continued to tell the physician about her frenzied schedule. Naturally, he didn’t want to hear the excuses.
The Message Hits Home
“We all have the same 168 hours a week available to us; it’s how you use them that matters.” When Linda told me what the doctor said, it really hit home.
We all get the same 24 hours in a day; a total of 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 8 hours a night, that still leaves 16 hours a day to do with as you please.
The key to a successful schedule is being able to break those remaining hours into manageable chunks to entail a combination of work, exercise, leisure, family and friends.
A good way to start would be to sit down on a Sunday evening and map out your weekly plan. Be sure to include outside appointments, grocery shopping, work-tasks and breathing room for last-minute surprises.
It’s imperative that you create a schedule to fit leisurely time in. You don’t want to always be working! Determine a set time when you close the door and end your work day.
Your new schedule will only work if you’re willing to stick to it. You can create a healthy balance between work and play, but only if you’re well-disciplined.
No matter how often you wish for more time in any given day, you’re going to continue getting the same 168 hours a week. Make them count – your work, family, and leisurely life depend on it!
Your turn! How good are you at managing your time? Leave a comment and let me know.
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