How often do you catch yourself saying, “I just don’t have time” or “I really wish I had more time”?
Here’s some hard truth for you.
You have the time, you just waste it.
We all want time to learn a new skill, exercise, relax, spend time with our families, etc. Yet how much time do we waste a day? How much time do you spend mindlessly scrolling social media? Watching Netflix? Sitting on the toilet on your phone? Playing video games?
How much time have you wasted watching porn; searching and searching for the “perfect” video?
Notice how we refer to it as “spending” time. We don’t “use” time. We “spend” it like money. The old phrase, “time is money” has multi-level meaning.
Time is currency. You should treat it like an investment.
Where you invest the majority of your time will show what you value most.
Is your time spent on things you value most? Or is it wasted on things you could do without? You must learn to prioritize your time on the things that are important.
We all have busy schedules. I do too. In fact, I work a full-time job that’s usually close to 50 hours a week, I work a part-time job at my church, and I also have several side hustles including this blog, my coaching, and my watch company, www.woodlandwatchcompany.com.
Yet, I still find time to:
- -Read Books
- -Lift Weights
- -Write Articles
- -Read My Bible
- -Sleep 7-8 Hours
- -Play With My Kids
- -Engage on Twitter
- -Bond With My Wife
- -Hang Out With Friends
How do I do it?
- I have prioritized those things I want to accomplish above everything else.
I wake up earlier and get things done in the morning. I used to be a night-owl. If I saw 5:00 AM it was because I was still up from the night before, not getting up early. By getting up just an hour earlier I can get my workout in, read my bible, pray, and have a cup of coffee.
Finding time to write for my blog and work on other side projects can be difficult. What I’ve learned to do is schedule time to work on it. I will plan to work for an hour after dinner and focus solely on that. I don’t have other tabs open on my computer and put my phone on do not disturb. It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you remove those little distractions.
In far too many men’s lives, work, side hustles, and hobbies get all the energy and family is left fighting for the leftover scraps of time. To ensure I’m spending quality time with my family, I also schedule my time with them. We schedule regular games nights and I have a weekly coffee date with my daughter. I also make sure to set aside time for my wife so that we can keep our marriage strong.
One of the best things I ever did was to start to plan out my weeks and days in advance. It may feel like you’re living life by a calendar, but if you want to ensure you accomplish everything you set out to do, you have to schedule your life. There are several great calendars and daily planning apps that can help.
In order to be efficient and achieve your goals, you need to figure out what your priorities are. Where do you want to “invest” the hours and minutes of your day? What is important to you. What are your goals?
- I examined my life to find things that are consuming too much time.
I found out I was wasting tons of time scrolling through my phone. Even well-intentioned engagement with my twitter followers can consume hours in a day. By quitting porn years ago I probably saved 8-10 hours a week. I don’t even want to think about all the time wasted on porn and sex in my life. I cut out almost all T.V. I don’t binge-watch shows or sit down to watch three-hour sporting events. If I do watch T.V., it is usually for a family movie night so that it’s not just watching something, it’s spending time with my wife and kids.
Examine your life to discover where time is being wasted and remove those distractions from your life. Turn off the T.V. Put down the phone. Get up earlier. This will allow you to make the most of the time you “spend”.
We all have the same 24 hours each day. Learning to make the best use of your time is the difference between achieving your goals and feeling like you never get anything done.