time management

25 hour days, Unicorns and Fairies

The ancient Egyptians developed the 24 hour day thousands of years ago, since then there has only ever been 24 hrs in a day, and most importantly it is NEVER going to change.  We all have the same number of hours, what we do with those hours determine what we can achieve, and how successful we can be.

When talking to clients about why they have not achieved their goals, 90% of people blame the lack of time.  This is the biggest cop out, as already mentioned- time is not changing.  People need to stop blaming time for the reason things don’t get done.

Time should never be an excuse, the real reason that you have not achieved something is the fact that- that something is not important.  When people don’t achieve success in business, health, personal life it is normally always because they have not invested time (or enough time) towards their goals.

We waste so much time these days.  How much time do you spend watching TV a day/week?  How much time do you spend on your phone/facebook etc.  We also waste time by completing tasks that are not important.  Prioritise what is important, not what is urgent.

                                                        

Now I am not saying I get this right all of the time, I don’t.  I still waste hour after hour each week on pointless activities.  But I am getting better on putting important things first.   When you are motivated to achieve, time is irrelevant, you make the time.

Every parent/grandparent I talk to is always telling me how fast kids grow up.  I hate been told this, they are growing at the same speed you are- 1 day at a time.  Another pet hate is people saying ‘this year is going so fast, it’s almost April already”.  I hate to tell you this year is going by at the same speed as last year, and the same speed as 100 years ago.  The only difference is people have filled their lives full of meaningless activities.  The more pointless activities that we try to jam pack into our lives, the less full our life will be.  I am not saying busy is bad, I love busy, I love filling my weeks and weekends to the brim- but with the things that are important to me.

You are never going to have more time, start using your time wisely.

My tips for using your time wisely.

  • List and rank the 3-5 most important things in your life that require time.
  • Once that list is complete put the amount of hours you currently spend per week on that subject per week. (there are 168 hrs in a week).  Just off to the side for interest sake, write how many hrs you spend on your phone and T.V – just guess.
  • Write your list again, this time put the amount of hours (in a perfect world) you would like to spend on each subject per week. Now I know the world is not perfect.  But just by looking at the difference between what you currently do and what would happen in a perfect world – will start small changes deep in the neurons of your brain, so hopefully you can start spending more time on what is important.
  • Get Organised. Write your goals down.  Make action plans and put them in place on how you are going to spend your time.
  • Learn to say NO. Make rules with yourself that you wont compromise.   One rule I did last year was that between 10 am and 2 pm on a Wednesday my girls go swimming – I wanted to spend this time with them.  It took me 3 months to finally commit to the goal, but since then I have missed only 2 or 3 Wednesday over the last year.  Once you make something non-negotiable with yourself it becomes easy to say no.

Unicorns don’t exist, neither do fairies no matter how much you want them too.  There will never be more than 24 hrs in day – stop wasting them, stop reading Facebook blogs and go out there and live the life you want, go out there and achieve the things that are important to you.  If it is important enough you will make it happen, if it isn’t you wont.

Good luck…..

Matt