Making More Time: 6 Simple Tips That Work For All!

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Making More Time: 6 Simple Tips That Work For All!

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Today I am going to be talking about time. I don’t use the word time management because you cannot really manage what you cannot control. You cannot control time. The term that I like to use  is “time unmanagement”. Everybody has 24 hours in one day. No more, no less. No matter how busy you are, you will never get more than 24 hours in one day. Why am I talking about time? This is because, you need time to take care of your health, attend to your spiritual needs, attend to your emotional state, be mentally sound, and attend to your relationships. Your time is valuable resource, the most valuable one after your health. Point number 7 of  50 Tips for Life Mastery, Balance, and Success talks about being careful about how you use your time. You cannot make more time, however you can make your 24 hours a day work better for you. 

1. Know where your time is going. You need to know where your time is being spent. You have 24 hours a day and you should know how much time you spend doing on all your activities. If need be, write down how much time you spend working, sleeping, watching TV, cooking, etc.
2. Organize your time around your true priorities. I think that a balanced life should be priority for everybody. A balanced life refers to taking care of your physical, emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual needs. Then of course, your work, ministry, and vocation or vocations. Rest should be a priority also, which is actually taking care of your physical health. I cannot tell you what your priorities are, but this is where you have to get deliberate and decide. If you cannot decide, that is a sure sign that you need a life coach.

3. Schedule. What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done, especially if you live a very busy life. After organizing your life around your priorities you have to schedule those priorities. Get an online calendar or an old fashioned organizer.
4. Leverage the power of incremental change. This simply means doing things a little at a time until you have got it done. For example if you want to write a book, and you’re right 30 minutes daily, one page (500 words), in six months you would have written 182 pages which are easily two books!

5. Set boundaries. Decide what your time will be used for and what it will not be used for. Decide if you are going to go to every single party that happens on the weekend. Decide if you are going to volunteer for every single activity that pops up. Decide what time you’re going to go to bed at night. For example, people know not to call me beyond 10 PM at night. It is not likely that I will be awake. Another example, I have two days out of the year, where I do not leave my house, I do not do any work, I stay in my pajamas, and I order food if I want to eat. Unless there is an emergency, on those two days you cannot get me to attend anything. Those are the days in the US where people love to do barbecues. I do not attend those barbecues, and that is just the way it is. So, set boundaries for what you want to do with your own time.

6. Eliminate time wasting activities. they say that the average woman in the USA watch is 34 hours of TV per week. I do not know who these women are, because most of the women around me hardly watch TV, but if it is to be believed that means, that a lot of women are watching a lot of TV. When it comes to eliminating time wasting activities you need two things: truthfulness, and ruthlessness. You are the only one that can tell yourself the truth about the things that waste your time. Is it social media, TV, long conversations on the phone that don’t go anywhere? When you know what is wasting your time, you need ruthlessness to cut them off. However, using the principle of leveraging the power of incremental change, you can slowly cut down. For example if you already spend five hours a day watching TV, you can decide to reduce two hours. Just like magic, you have bought yourself two extra hours per day. You can now dedicate to those two hours to doing something else that is on your list of priorities, for example exercise, cooking healthy meals, writing a book, starting a business, or engaging with your family.

Think of all the things you could do if you were able to free up more time for yourself!
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