Think you don’t have enough time to do anything? Think again 😉
Every week is made up of 168 hours.
Here are a few assumptions:
- 8 hours in the office 5 days a week
- 8 hours of sleep every night
- 1.5 hours to get ready in the morning
- 1 hour commute twice a day 5 days a week
- 1 hour lunch and 1 hour dinner
- 5 hours a week to buy groceries, keep the house clean and do laundry
That leaves 32.5 hours a week for your family, your creative projects and, not to be neglected, YOU!
Your schedule could look something like this:
Now I’m not suggesting you follow this schedule exactly, nor any schedule for that matter. But I AM suggesting you take the time to sit down and map out what your non-negotiable commitments are and where you can gain some wiggle room.
For example, some of you may be able to negotiate working from home a couple of days a week to save time on commuting.
Perhaps you can afford to delegate some of the house stuff like cleaning and laundry or you can start ordering online and having your groceries delivered at home during the week to avoid spending endless hours shopping for food on Saturdays.
If you have kids and spend your weekends driving them from one place to another, maybe it’s time to take a minute and ask yourself if they need to be participating in every single social event or if they might enjoy spending more time with you. Do YOU need to be participating in all of the activities you’re taking part it.
If you’re serious about your creative projects, one of the most important question you can ask yourself is not what should I be doing but what can I STOP doing.
Once you figure out what you can delete or delegate in your life, once you identify those activities you’ve been taking part in out of habit without deriving any real joy or value out of them, you’ll be golden 🙂 You’ll have wayyy more time for what really matters to you.
So… here are a couple of actions you can take RIGHT NOW.
1. STOP – START – CONTINUE
Think about how you spend your days week after week. What takes up most of your time? Is it all worth it? What are you doing out of habit without being too happy about it? What can you afford to stop? What needs to get done that you can delegate?
Take a little bit of time to write this down on paper, using 3 columns: STOP – START – CONTINUE
2. WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Download the weekly schedule spreadsheet and make it your own.
You’re 100% free to change it completely!
I only have a couple of recommendations:
- Do not neglect your “me” time. Without it, you’ll burn out in no time.
- Make sure you sleep at least 7 hours every night*. For the same reason.
Go on, give it a try and let me know how it works for you!
*Literature differs on what constitutes the perfect sleep time but most agree sleeping for less than 7 hours a night is not great long-term.