Seven days is a nice amount of time, but so often we’re juggling a million things wondering how to make more time every week. So what makes up a week of time anyway? For a lot of people it’s five days of commuting, studying/working, making phone calls, going to meetings, deleting hundreds of emails, followed by two precious days on the weekend to veg out and spend time with family and friends. We’ve all experienced how quickly time can escape us, and if we’re not careful, one week quickly becomes four and then another month has disappeared into oblivion. POOF!
Even in just seven days there really is a ton we can accomplish if we break time down into small increments. There are 10,080 minutes in one week. Assuming eight hours of sleep each day (which is probably more than most of us get on average), that leaves 6,720 minutes to do all sorts of incredible things! That’s equal to 112 hours if you’re wondering.
We Have More Time Than We Think
Think about how much you could accomplish with all of those 6,720 minutes if you put your mind to it? Of course it’s not easy to work multiple jobs, juggle family, squeeze in exercise, run errands, catch up with friends, and build a business at the same time. Believe me I know. But life wouldn’t have meaning if it was easy all the time without challenges for us to overcome.
If you want to know how to make more time every week, one tip is to be selfish with your schedule and take responsibility for all of your actions. We can blame others for wasting our time until we turn blue in the face, but the truth is we are only as productive as we choose to be. We must prioritize, know when to say no, and make time for ourselves.
As much as I wish I could speed write articles in 15 minutes or less, it takes me many hours to complete the posts I publish on Untemplater. I care about the quality of my writing, so I have to prioritize my to do list and put aside enough time each week to sit down without distractions and write. Fortunately it’s important to me and something I really enjoy doing. So, I’ve sacrificed how much time I spend with friends, skipped out on my Bollywood classes when my workload is high, and also managed to overcome my TV addiction. If you care about something enough, you will make time, so please stop making excuses!
Time Slows Down When You Get More Done
I’m sure you’ve had days that seem to just drag on forever, usually because you’re bored or are coping with the agony of waiting for something out of your control. While I think it’s true that time slows down in those cases, I also firmly believe we can learn how to make more time each week by doing what we love and getting more things done as a result.
One of my weaknesses is wasting time thinking about all the things I need to do without actually doing any of them. I’ve had this bad habit since I was a kid, and I have to constantly fight off over thinking things. The pressure of a giant to do list can be overwhelming enough that it zaps motivation. What I’m working on now so I can overcome the stress of having a hectic schedule is setting short time limits for small tasks. I pick a few things I want to do in five minute increments, start my timer, and go! Five minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can actually go a long way.
In just five minutes you can pick up everything off the floor in your messiest room, make a healthy smoothie, answer an important email, pay 10 bills, take the trash out, do 100 situps, practice two interview questions, or waste it and do nothing. Seems so foolish just to do nothing right?!
Keep A Log Of Your Weekly Highlights
Time always seem to escape us when we don’t keep track of our accomplishments and attack our to do lists. I used to be really good at writing down my mini accomplishments and the activities I participated in every few days, and I need to get back to that. I do take a lot of pictures of events I attend and places I visit though, like my trip to Istanbul, which also helps the memories stay at the front of my mind and make time move slower.
If you keep a written log, or at least a mental one, of all the things that you’re happy and proud of each week, time won’t escape you as often. I tweeted the other day how I like Monday’s now because of how happy I am about all the things I did over the weekend, which also includes catching up on rest. Getting things done is one of my favorite highs, and I’ve never regretted putting time towards my to do list.
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Untemplaters, how are your time management skills? Do you have any tips on how to make more time every week? Do you keep a log of your weekly highlights?