Time – most of us swear we never have enough of it. “There just aren’t enough hours in the day". If the truth be known, it’s not our lack of extra time that keeps us from finishing our ongoing decluttering and organizing, projects, achieving our goals, and living our best lives. It's actually how we think about our time! We can think about our time differently!
Many of us don’t realize that our bucket of time has a hole in it! Time is a valuable currency, so if we learn how to plug up the holes and invest it properly, we can cash it in the best way possible.
We All Have 24 Hours in a Day!
No matter who we are, how much money we have, or what age we are, we all have the same 24 hours in a day.
If you are thinking of your time in hours, that is part of the problem. Each of those hours has 60 minutes. Each minute is valuable. That equals 1,440 minutes.
But let’s be realistic, we need to shave an average of 8 hours off of that time to sleep, leaving us 16 hours or 960 minutes each day.
That is still a large balance in our time bank account.
Why do I refer to it as a bank account? Because time is currency. And just like currency, the more we save, the more we have to spend on things we want.
Take an example of deciding to spend 10 minutes a day doing a few dishes and wiping down the counters after dinner. This is a wonderful use of your time.
Now let’s say that really only took you 9 minutes. What about the other minute? What did you do with it? Likely nothing -there is a leak.
Let’s say you saw you had that minute left and you used it to set up the coffee pot for the next morning. Your 10-minute investment was well spent, only now it produced a dividend just like money you save in the bank.
What dividend, you ask?
You now have saved the time tomorrow morning when you get up that you would have used to set up your coffee pot. You have just added a potentially wasted minute from the evening before to the next day.
3 Simple Steps to Adding More Time to Your Bank Account
Learn to assign small periods of time for tasks
Pay attention to how long a task actually takes you
Have a list (mentally or on paper) of things you can accomplish with leftover time
Just like we try to teach our kids the value of a dollar, we need to teach ourselves the value of a minute.
Are you ready to create some time dividends?
Here's your assignment for the week! I want you to look at your tasks and really pay attention to the amount of time it takes you to do that task. Make a list of task that only take a small period of time (5 - 10 minutes) and start to plug them in when you have a few minutes between appointments. Here's my example: I started working at Costco this past week. They hired me for part time hours and yet I was scheduled for 40 hours this week. I literally used my first 15 minute break to post on Instagram for my Coaching business and the next 15 minute break to go through my email. (I have a goal of getting my email to zero each day) I am using every available minute to do what I want! No endless scrolling social media because I only had 15 minutes! I want you to spend your time doing what you want! You got this! If you are ready to make the most of your precious time, I would love to work with you. I do a free 45 minute session with all of my clients and we can take a look at what would work best for you. Are you ready to start decluttering your life? It's time! It will be freeing, I promise! Let's do this! Your Life Coach Robin P.S. You can do hard things! If you missed a Monday Motivation and want to read previous weeks, CLICK HERE.