Motivation Monday: Time Tracker
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
Have you ever wanted to find more hours in the day? This week’s challenge may be a tricky way to do just that.
You may have heard about tracking what you eat for a week, so you get a feeling for where you’re making less healthy choices and what may be triggering them. This week’s challenge is similar, but instead of tracking what you eat, you’ll be tracking what you do.
For the next week, jot down all of your activities, including an estimate for how long you’re doing each thing. You can set it up by blocks of time (for example: Prepared Dinner – 30 minutes, Ate Dinner – 15 minutes) or by actual times (ex: Prepared Dinner – 6:00 – 6:30, Ate Dinner – 6:30 – 6:45).
At the end of the week, you’ll have a pretty clear picture of how you’re spending your days. It can be pretty jarring to see how much time you spend on certain ‘time waster’ activities, like watching TV or surfing the web.
Of course, don’t beat yourself up too much – there’s nothing wrong with relaxation. The purpose of this exercise to help you identify any spots where you can potentially carve out a few extra minutes for yourself and what you really want to prioritize in your life.
Those 45 minutes you spend doing your hair in the morning – could you try one of Pinterest’s many ‘overnight’ styles and wake up with ready-to-wear hair instead? Presto, you’ve got an extra 30-40 minutes for working out, fixing yourself a healthy lunch, or writing in your blog.
Are you spending hours commuting each day? Talk to your employer about the possibility of telecommuting a few days a week to free up a few extra hours in your life.
Bogged down by chores and daily household tasks? See if your roommate, spouse or kids can lend a hand.
Has one hour of TV a night blossomed into four hours? Put a cap on it – set up another activity that’ll pull you away from the tube.
At the end of the week, you’ll hopefully have a new perspective on how you’re spending your time, and new ways to find even more time to do what you love.