There are apparently 168 hours in each week. I think that sounds like quite a lot when you look at it that way. But I know you will be saying well I work 40 hours a week, I sleep for 40 hours a week and then there is this and that and something else. All of that may be true so perhaps we need to start looking at it as what we have to do, need to do and want to do.
I believe there has to be a balance in all those elements if we are to feel comfortable with our days. If we are doing too much of what we want to do at the expenses of what we have to do we could find ourselves being sacked. But then if we are doing only what we have to do with no time for what we want to do then we are sure to be very miserable.
I watched an interesting Ted Talk on the subject of how to gain control of your free time (http://www.ted.com/talks/laura_vanderkam_how_to_gain_control_of_your_free_time?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button__2016-12-16) It sounds like something we all want to do. We need to find those extra hours in each day. I know that finding time has been a subject I have returned to many times during the past year of daily blogging. I find myself feeling rushed and that I am trying to squeeze lots of things into every day, which made this talk an attractive one to watch.
The key is to stop wasting time on things that don’t give us anything back. Why waste time watching TV when we could be doing something more productive? It is important to work out what you want to do and then work your day around it. That was one of the most important messages for me to take away from the talk. So as we start to look towards 2017 I have begun to outline what I want to do. This will be the priority of my hours during the day once I have taken out around 50 hours a week for work 30 or so for my horse, and 40 hours for sleep.
We all need to take a different look at time management and realise how we approach it can affect the outcome.