We have more time than many of us may realise.
Each one of us has 168 hours each week.
I know! It doesn’t feel like it right?
So, how do we find time for what matters most? Is it possible to finally learn to paint, exercise more, meditate or spend more time with our kids?
STRATEGIES TO HELP WOMEN FIND MORE TIME
Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives.
She has discovered many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to nurture ourselves.
Her talk was presented at an official TED conference, you can watch here.
Here are the best bits:
Laura completed a time diary project, looking at 1,001 days in the lives of extremely busy women.
After studying the successful women she discovered we don’t build the lives we want by saving time.
We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself.
HOW CAN WE IDENTIFY OUR PRIORITIES?
2/ Use the things you named in this fantasy letter as your goals for this year.
Laura says that if one of your goals is to run a 5K then you need a strategy.
First up: find a race and sign up. Treat it like a water heater and do it before anything else.
HOW DO WE MAKE TIME TO MAKE THIS LIST?
Try it out on a Friday afternoon.
Laura cites the economist’s theory that Friday arvos are, “low opportunity, cost” time.
If you have to do school pick-up schedule it for earlier in the day.
She also suggests making a three category list: CAREER, RELATIONSHIPS & SELF.