The most important step for more time

Posted on June 13, 2012

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Over the past several months, I’ve been reading quite a bit of literature on time-saving and time-efficiency.  And, as I’ve stated before, there’s a lot out there. If you’re not careful, you could waste a lot of time reading information on how to save it!

But one thing that I’m not finding in this sea of time-saving advice is one of the things that’s most important when trying to free up your time. This missing piece would be: an honest look at your intentions.

If you’re determined to free up more time for the things you love to do, you’re going to have to be honest with yourself about why you spend your time on the things you do. Otherwise, you may not make decisions that are true to yourself and your personal happiness.

Let’s say you look over your time tracking chart and see that one evening you spent 3 hours watching back-to-back episodes of 24. You love 24 and you had a stressful week at work. Those three hours were blissfully spent living vicariously through an unrealistic, albeit extremely exciting, television series. Jack Bauer’s unrelenting courage even inspired you to get brave enough to sign up for a kick-boxing class.

Obviously, those were three hours well-spent. And your intentions were to relive stress and have fun.

However, without a little reflection, you may have looked at your chart, saw 3 hours spent watching television, and decided that you had wasted that time.

On the other hand, let’s say you see that you spent a Sunday afternoon at a friend’s birthday party. Looks like a fun way to spend your time, right? But what if this friend wasn’t really all that great of a friend to begin with and you just went to the birthday party because you wanted to feel like you were doing something social over the weekend. Obviously, if you examine your intentions, you would realize that you did indeed waste this time. You could have spent the afternoon trying out something new with new people in an effort to make new friends instead.

So, until you examine the intentions behind your actions, you won’t be able to free up your time and your life in an authentic way that will make you happy.

In my next post, I’ll outline for you how you can easily categorize your intentions in your time chart so that you can being to decide what needs to go and what needs to stay.  

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