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Published on December 29, 2019

Schedule Every Minute Of Your Day

Josh Hines
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Josh Hines

Schedule Every Minute Of Your Day

You Have Enough Time

Written on December 29, 2019 • 5 Minute Read • Comments

Yes, you read that title right and what might sound crazy at first might actually be the exact change you need to take in order take back control of your life.

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Why You Always Feel Like You Don't Have Enough Time

When is the last time you asked yourself, "Where did the time go?" or "How am I XYZ old and I am nowhere to close to where I thought I would be by now?"

Well the reason is probably that you've let everyone else run your schedule instead of you controlling your schedule and all that time you talk about was spent on making their dreams a reality instead of your own.

Why You Need To Track Every Minute

Well first let me clarify and relieve some stress and say I am not asking you to calculate down to the minute how much time you spend on each task, what I am asking you to do is to become aware of how much time you actually spend on those tasks.

Time Spent On Media

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The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Aristotle

Greek - Philosopher

When most people think about the time they spend watching TV or other entertainment, people often don't think they spend as much time as they do. When I talk to a lot of people they often state they may only watch an episode or two a day. The problem though is most people underestimate the amount of time they waste in their lives on entertainment. We all love our comfort but is it sabotaging our goals?

A recent study taken by Neilson who monitors media usage in the US via television networks and internet providers actually shows that the average adult spends 35 hours and 26 minutes a week watching TV and 25 hours and 7 minutes a week on social media in 2016. It's no wonder we never get anything done.

Two Ways To Spend Your Time More Wisely

Lucky for you there are a couple ways you can become aware of how you spend your time and how you can change where your time is spent. They always say, "Awareness brings change."

Google Calendar Hack

A cool trick I did when I first started tracking where my time was spent was with Google Calendar. You can create a new calendar and title it Time Management Awareness. From there for the next month, start tracking where you spend your time, you can color code the events on the calendar; blue for work, green for the gym, red for Netflix, etc.

You don't necessarily have to track every minute try to batch things in matters of 30 minutes. Track when you wake up and how long it takes for you to leave for work, how many hours you work (if you want to get really detailed, actually track the number of hours you work and how many hours you spend procrastinating at work), how long your commute to work is, how you spend your time at home; do you cook meals, do you watch TV, do you play video games, what time do you go to bed, how many hours of sleep you get, track everything you do.

The goal of this exercise is to show an honest visualization of exactly how you normally spend your time through a given time period. It may come as a shock to you where and how much time you spend you on different tasks, I know it was for me when I really sat down and tracked how much time I spent watching movies or viewing social media feeds.

Once you've become aware of where you spend your time you can then move to the next step of time blocking time for periods of goal focus and productivity.

Time Blocking

Time Blocking is exactly how it sounds. You look at your schedule at the beginning of the week and determine when you will block out a couple hours of time so that you can solely focus on your goals. It is then your job to make those around you that you regularly engage with aware of your new routine and saying no to anything that will distract you from this routine of focused work.

Otherwise, Parkison's Law sets in and the time you've blocked is overtaken by life's other "busy" tasks and suggestions. You need to be intentional with your time.

A good thumb of rule is after you've completed the Google Calendar Hack, you will notice the time blocks you've spent doing things that really don't move you forward towards your goals. In the beginning, to start building your routine I am not asking you to commit to giving up all your time, just try to block out a few hours a week in 1-2 hour increments throughout the week if your schedule permits.

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If you are willing to do only what's easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what's hard, life will be easy.

T. Harv Eker

Author, businessman & motivational speaker

After doing this for a couple of weeks the results will speak for themselves and you'll probably see yourself naturally wanting to actually give more time to your goals as you start to feel the momentum kick in and start seeing the changes and results in your life.

Another unique way to do this is by using that same Google Calendar and instead of filling it out as things happen, instead at the beginning of the week you create the schedule. Add the hours you will work your day job, add the hours you'll spend commuting, add the hours you'll spend with your family and friends, add the hours that will be dedicated to your goals and action plan, then what's left spend on entertainment.

I once read a quote that stated, "If you always do what is easy (entertainment, being comfortable), life will become hard, but if you are willing to do what is hard (planning, execution, delayed gratification), life will become easy.

The moment you decide to take responsibility for your life and stop reacting to everything and everyone, life seems to change and you will start to see yourself doing things you never thought you would do or ever achieve.

Personal Reflections

Personally, I've always been a Type A person but there have been a lot of times in life where I get caught up in the busyness of life. It's when you start to apply these principles and being intentional that those "busy" moments become easier and faster to get out of. When you track your time, you start to see where your life is getting stuck, where you need to change to move forward and what things you need to remove in order to become the person you want to be.

Josh Hines

About The Author: Josh Hines

Josh Hines started Second Chance Athletics in 2019. Josh approaches health from a holistic view and contributes his transformation to managing three areas of his life; physical, nutritional and emotional. By focusing on these three areas of your life, you are able to reclaim your life and reach your fitness goals.

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About Josh Hines

Josh Hines started Second Chance Athletics in 2019. Josh approaches health from a holistic view and contributes his transformation to managing three areas of his life; physical, nutritional and emotional. By focusing on these three areas of your life, you are able to reclaim your life and reach your fitness goals.

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