I recently watched a video on TED titled, ‘How to gain control of your free time’ by Laura Vanderkam. Laura spoke about how we are always so busy, but if we come home and needed to resolve a situation like a broken boiler, we know we must prioritise it, and we always manage to find the time.
In Laura’s story, it took 7 hours to deal with the emergency, to clean up the mess and get a plumber to come and fix it. It is surprising to think that is possible to find 7 hours to deal something like this in a very busy daily schedule.
As I watched the video, I wondered how I could make better use of my time. How much time do I spend in the day doing unproductive things that don’t work towards my goals? If time is a choice and I take some time to decide what my priorities are for the long and short term I know l need to plan for the next year in advance and put these priorities over other requests for my time. Then I can fit in scheduled time into slots in my diary and make sure my time is focused time. Then the results will follow.
A final piece of helpful advice from the video to help manage your priorities is for when you receive requests for your time, rather than say, “I don’t have time because of X, Y & Z,” is to say, ”I don’t do X, Y & Z because they are not a priority.”