Did you know there are 168 hours in a week? Is it something you even think about?
I honestly didn’t until this year. I’m sure at some point I had heard that there were 168 hours in a week, but it didn’t have any significance to me, so I promptly let it out of my head.
At the beginning of this year I started reading some amazing books on time management. Maybe time management is the wrong way to describe these books. There were about finding margin, finding time to do the things that I love, finding time for myself, to have self-care, being able to say no when you should say no and yes when you want to say yes. These are some really incredible books that I will talk about more throughout this series.
A recurring theme in these books was that everyone has the same 168 hours in a week, and it is our choice on how we use those hours.
How I use my time is my choice.
That is an interesting concept, choice. I often felt like I had to do certain things. I didn’t want to disappoint people, I felt like it was imperative for me to do certain tasks, like the world would end if I didn’t do it.
Do you ever feel that way?
I finally came to the conclusion that the world would continue to spin even if I said no, even if I stopped doing things that were not fulfilling to me, things that I felt obligated to, but didn’t enjoy and were more draining than anything.
I finally realized that if I wasn’t enjoying a task, I wasn’t giving it the best attention the task deserved, and therefore someone else would be better suited for said task.
What I want you to do this week: take an inventory of your time.
Why? Well, this is going to help you find margin.
I know, it might sound silly. I thought it was a little silly. I know when I am waking up. I know when I am doing school with the kids, when I am making food, etc. But, how much time am I really spending on tasks. How much time is wasted throughout the day? Not that every day is going to be the most efficient, scheduled day, but this will help you find margin in your day for that self-care.
If you only look at a day, it will be hard to find margin, but when you look at an entire week, you are able to see patterns, and can perhaps shift things so that you have a block of time to do some type of self-care.
How long are you sleeping? How many breaks do you take to check Facebook or Instagram (a lot, I check Instagram a lot). How much time do you spend commuting? Waiting in line?
I want to challenge you to take an inventory of your time for a week. Write down everything. Yes, it is easy to say I did x from 8-10, but were there interruptions? Did you take little breaks to check e-mail or Facebook? Did you have 10 interruptions from co-workers or little ones running around?
I honestly believe this is the first step in finding time for self-care.
Knowing when you have time to do what energizes you is something that will help you on your way to self-care.
Have you done a time assessment before? When do you think you can make time for self-care?