Imagine adding an extra hour to your day!
How many more things would you tick off your list, how many projects would you finish?
Wouldn’t it be nice?
But would it really make any difference in your life?
You see, if you are anything like me, you probably run out of time to finish your to-do list every other, if not every, day. Sounds about right?
So, what do you tend to think when the day is over, and you still have so many unfinished tasks in front of you? Let me guess – “if only I had more time”?
We call time the most precious commodity, impossible to trade or gain more of, no matter how hard we try.
But knowing that time is only a dimension to measure the flow of life, we could, theoretically, change this measure to suit us more. If you’d like to have a 25th hour in a day, take your waking 15 hours and shorten them by just 4 minutes.
Voila, you just gained the 25th hour for yourself!
It’s a simple math: 15 x 4 = 60 (min) i.e., another hour!
Think about it, can you finish any activity that takes an hour of your time now in 56 minutes instead? Surely! If you do it 15 times, you’d have an additional hour to yourself, to do whatever you like!
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Hence, if you really think a 25th hour would make a difference in your day, you can find it. But will it make such a difference in your life overall?
Sadly, you might quickly realise that it won’t be the case. You’d fill that newly acquired hour with another few tasks from your list and will feel the same overwhelmed as before.
“I don’t have time” is a behavioural and thinking pattern, as much as we’d like to hear otherwise. Adding more time to our day won’t resolve this issue.
Changing our habits and attitude toward time will!
- One of the biggest problems I noticed people have in relation to time management, is honouring a commitment to themselves. It’s easier to show up on time to a meeting with other people, you feel more obliged to finish a task on time when the deadline is set by your manager. Whilst when it comes to our own time, we are more prone to procrastinate and find a dozen of excuses why we can’t commit to that activity right now. To resolve this, start treating your own tasks as an appointment with yourself. As you start showing up to those regularly, you’d start trusting and respecting yourself more, and building a positive habit as a result.
- The second problem I see is that most people don’t know where their time goes, waving their arms in surprise when the day is over. The best way to resolve this is to start filling a time tracker, on paper or a digital one. You can split your tracker into blocks of 15 or 30 minutes and take note of your activities throughout the day. Do it for at least two weeks, so you can notice how your typical week is spent and if any patterns emerge from it. You’ll quickly realise where to find a couple of extra hours to work on important things.
- And the third thing I’d like to highlight here is the belief “I don’t have time”. When you repeat this story to yourself over and over again, it becomes your reality. So, even when you have a day off and absolutely nothing on your calendar, you’d feel like you are still running out of time because there are so many great things you could be doing right now, but you’ve only got this one day and it’s not going to be enough… Hence you end up either doing nothing and feel guilty in the end or trying to fit too many activities in that you feel overwhelmed yet again. There never will be enough time, if that’s what you believe in. Planning and setting your priorities will help long-term, but addressing this belief is nevertheless an important part of the solution.
What do you think? Would you like to create a 25th hour in your day? Let me know what you would use it for.
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