People always wish they had more time. Especially this time of year when resolutions are in full gear, and people are trying to accomplish more than they do the rest of the year.
We complain about more time. We try to wake up earlier. We loathe ourselves when wasting time.
But the way to really maximize your time is to treat it like a balance sheet. If you’re anything like me, maybe you think to yourself ‘Oh, I’m awake for 17, 18 hours a day. I probably (really) work 10-12, the rest is relaxation or other stuff that’s OK. This sounds fine. I don’t really have time to do other stuff’.
Somehow this always falls short of the true audit. The rigor to say, I spend 40 minutes eating breakfast and reading the news. We can cut that to 10. To say, I can condense my cooking time if I just cook once on the weekend and eat that fresh food all week. To say, I let myself ‘relax’ after 7pm, when really you then have 5 hours in your day more to get stuff done.
Taking a line-by-line look at how time is spent will always free up more time to do the things you love. A post on how I would do this in real life, or a successful case study, seems like a good idea for a follow up post. Feel free to share something like that in the comments!