This means rather than trying to escape times we do not like, instead, we can use the time to come up with better solutions to the personal obstacles that stand in the way of our goals.
Let’s day we sleep 8 hours a night, so 56 hours a week and we give 100% to working so 50 hours a week. That leaves 62 hours for other things in the week. Where does that time go?
Feel free to break down/write down a picture of your own week. Remember, commuting time counts, childcare, side hustles, whatever you normally do. It’s important to give yourself a picture of where your time is spent to discover where you can save time, or think about what you want to do with it.
Really, it’s the little things that kill like social media, waiting on hold on the phone, cleaning your house, making food, etc.
If you are curious how much time you spend on the phone and where that time goes I would suggest using your phone’s settings to check how much time “screen time” you engage in. If you don’t have this active and have an iPhone, go to settings-screen time and take a peek.
If you want to read about my 2-year social media detox, check it out here.
Anyways, people who know what to do with time take these time-sucks seriously. I’ll tell you their secrets…
- Delegate: If something needs to be done that someone else can handle they ask. So if you’re working late and can’t make dinner, maybe someone else in the house can. Or there’s always delivery.
- Deprioritize: That trail of socks on the floor, do you have to pick them up now on your way to work or can it wait? If it can wait, let it wait. Focus on what IS more important, like working out, your side-hustle, playing with your kids…there’s always something more important than socks.
- Outsource: Outsourcing is not reserved only for wealthy people. Outsourcing is for smart people who understand time is money. So if you make $50 an hour and it takes you 2 hours to clean up your lawn every week…it would make sense to hire a landscaper for $25 a week. Or if you hate cleaning your house and would rather see more clients at work…do the math…if you make $100 an hour and cleaning costs $25 an hour, it makes sense for you to work and someone else to clean. Time is money…think about that when you outsource and you might just save time and make money simultaneously! That can be a life-changer right there.