What if you could find more free time every day to focus on the things that bring you closer to your goals? How empowered would that make you feel? If you are the type of person who is serious about productivity, then it is safe to say that your life will never be the same once you recognize that you have more free time at your disposal than you think you do. You have the time you need to progress towards your goals. The time is there. You already possess it. Like buried treasure you only need to uncover it. That is where I come in, to help you see what has been hidden in plain sight all along.
And to grasp this simple concept is to begin to understand what it truly means to manage time well.
Time management is a discipline that anyone can master if their approach is correct. But the average person gets it wrong. They try to reach their destination (better managing their time) without first pinpointing where they are. If you are taking a drive to a place you have never gone before, you would more than likely use your GPS to get you there. Likewise, in learning to manage your time like a pro, you need to assess where you are before you start. Because you cannot get to where you are going without first knowing where you are. You cannot manage your time wisely without first finding out where your time is being used. What is eating up your time?
It is at this point that I will suggest you make a visual assessment of what an average day looks like for you as far as time usage is concerned. You should account for everything that is time consuming, to the best of your ability, without going to extremes. Because all you are basically doing is accounting for where your time is being spent. That is it!
When I made my own time assessment (which only took a few minutes), on a sheet of paper I scribbled down my working hours each day, sleeping hours, and things that would take up most of my time, and I made rough estimations for things like driving to work, walking and feeding and playing with the dog, getting ready for work, eating, and so forth. After finishing, I discovered that I had around 8 hours of free time every weekday and about 16 hours on the Saturdays and 16 hours on Sundays. All free time! What had I been doing with it? And how could I have possibly felt that I did not have enough time to get things done? These are some of the questions I asked myself.
I only did the assessment once because I feel I know all I need to know, for now, about where my time is being used. You can make a time assessment as often as you need to. Every day would not be too much if you feel you need to do so in order to find more free time to work on your goals.
Remember, this assessment is just to give you an idea of how much free time you should have each day, and this works perfectly well as a compliment for your to-do list because you can transfer activities from your assessment straight to your to-do list and be on your way to getting much more done, day after day.