Don’t aim to save time, spend it wisely instead

In a conversation the other day, someone asked me “What are you saving time for?”

To be honest I blanked. After a moment of thinking about it, I answered them honestly: “Well, I don’t save time, I’m just ON time. I know what’s important to me and I spend time on those things.”

I get what she meant though because I see this often. A lot of people are waiting for that all elusive ‘spare time’ to show up or are wanting to ‘save time’ so that they can do the things that matter to them later on. I talk a lot to my clients about ensuring that EVERYTHING is accounted for in their lives. This way we know where our time is going and that we’ve ‘budgeted’ time out across all areas of life.

So how do we budget wisely? By being aware of our priorities and values and honestly knowing where our time goes. Spend your time wisely rather than saving time and I promise you that feelings of falling behind and guilt will definitely lessen (I’m not sure that it’s possible to fully erase such feelings but if I find out how to do it, you’ll be the first to know!).

Of course, there are things we can do to streamline routine aspects of life. There’s no point doing something in 3 hours when a sensible solution will cut that time in half. Hey, presto! You’ve got ‘more’ time. The same principles as above apply to this scenario too though. Once you’ve ‘found’ more time on your hands, decide wisely what to spend it on. Otherwise, what was the point of it all?

I helped a client implement the use of an online appointment scheduling software recently to streamline his meeting process. What a game-changer! With the time that he’s saved through implementing the process, he’s now been able to restructure his week so that he has ample deep focus and admin time. Now that’s smart!

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