Finding The Time

We are all given the exact amount of time each day.

The choices we have made in the past and continue to make throughout the day erode that time. Before we know it, the day is over, then the week, month and year.

How many of you said towards the end of last year, “well that year went fast”?

Many of the internet Gurus tell us, we need to change how we spend our time if we want to escape the time trap we have created for ourselves. They are right of course, if you keep doing the same thing with your time, you keep getting the same results.

It is frustrating when you know this, have good intentions and don’t seem to be able to get any momentum with the changes you are trying to make.

Dr Deming has a famous quote “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”.

Making commitments or planning how you use your time is important, but comes with the emotional consequences, both good and bad depending on your successes and failures.

We are now half way through the week. Before bed, I spent some time analysing where my time has and will be spent this week. Here is what I came up with.

This week (Monday to Sunday) I am committed to working 64 hours for wages. This consists of;
3 x 13 hour shifts 6am to 7pm
1 x 15 hour shift 6am to 9 pm
1 x 10 hour shift 7pm to 5am

I average between 6-7 hours sleep a night, say 49 hours a week. So that is about 109 hours allocated so far.

Daughter and friends in DinghyThere are 168 hours in a week, so I have 59 remaining of which I spent 13 hours’ yesterday;

  • Getting my body tuned up.
  • Helping my daughter find a car for her first year at University.
  • Supporting her with her job search.
  • Helping her set up the inflatable dinghy so she and her friends could motor out of the canals and have a picnic on the beach.
  • I had a wee catch up sleep during the afternoon for two hours.
  • Helped make dinner with my wife who had her first day back at school as a teacher.
  • Did some of an Udemy course.
  • Shared some commitments with a group of good blokes trying to get ahead in life.

Blue Heron - hard standSo in the remaining 46 hours I have unallocated until the end of Sunday, I plan to spend;

  • 16 working on our family yacht which is hauled out for repairs and maintenance. Sail drive oil change, progress engine instrument panel build and wiring and remove wind vane steering system.
  • 2 hours writing one blog post, [this one] for whoever may be interested.
  • 1 hour progressing an Udemy course.
  • 2 hours watching as licenced passenger, helping my daughter get enough hours for her provisional car licence.

I now have 25 hours remaining, which surprises me. Did I do my maths wrong, possibly. It doesn’t really matter. I know I waste time.

By doing this exercise, I have a greater awareness of where my time is being spent. By being aware, it is possible to make changes or prioritise what I use my time for.

We all waste a huge amount of time. We say things like “I wish I had more time and money” [to do what I really want in this life] but don’t really invest much of our spare time in making it happen.

If you want more out of life, you have to fight your way out of the Time Trap you created, bit by bit. Get rid of the stuff that is holding you back and do more of the things that will get you to where you want to be.

Note to self; Stop consuming any more time wasting crap and start creating something others find useful.

I don’t feel that comfortable sharing this insight into my life. If it helps others get ahead, then it is probably worth it.