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How to make the best use of your time

Part 1: where does the time go?

‘There just aren’t enough hours in the day!’

We’ve all felt this at some point. But it’s not possible to conjure up more time out of thin air. We all have 168 hours in a week. Where do you spend your time? Let's find out.

Make a list of all the activities your week is made up of. Here’s a starting point you can build on or adapt:

  • Sleep

  • Work

  • Travel / commuting

  • Eating

  • Exercising

  • Shopping

  • Family time

  • Hobbies

  • Netflix

  • Social media

Please add any further activities that feature in your life.

Now write how you spend your week into the grid below. Beside each use of time note down approximately how many hours you currently spend on each of these activities and also write down how much time you’d like to spend on each of these activities during a typical week.

Make notes on the following…

  1. For which activities are the current and desired allocation of time the closest

  2. Which activities have the greatest difference between your current and your ideal situation

  3. If you add up the total number of hours is should come to roughly 168. Don’t worry if it’s not exact as sometimes you’ll be doing more than one things at a time but if you get a super high total and it looks as though you need 200+ hours in a week there is definitely work to be done!

Incidentally, there have been articles suggesting that on average busy professionals aim to fit 31 hours of tasks into every 24 hours. It’s no wonder everyone feels so overwhelmed!

Mastering Time Management
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