Just the title, 168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think (by Laura Vanderkam), made me more optimistic about being able to fit what I want to do into my week.
“… when it comes to daily life, the time-crunch narrative doesn’t tell the whole story. The problem is not that we’re all overworked or underrested, it’s that most of us have absolutely no idea how we spend our 168 hours.”
If you find yourself asking “where did the day/or week go?” – Laura’s 8-step process for How To Do Your Own Time Makeover will help.
- Log your time. The first step to using your time better is knowing how you’re spending it now.
- Do the math. What do you over- or under-invest in?
- Get real. Recognize that time is a blank slate.
- Dream big. Ask yourself what you’d like to do with your time.
- Give goals a timeline.
- Break it down. Break your goals down into doable steps.
- Plan to plan. Create a weekly planning/reviewing time.
- Hold yourself accountable. Build an accountability system – a friend, a group, an app – that will make failure uncomfortable.
Replace saying/thinking “I don’t have time” with “It’s not a priority”.