A really great article popped up in my Google Reader today by Cup of Jo. Joanna’s sister forwarded her a WSJ article titled “Are you as busy as you think?” that should be a reality check for many of us.
The article provided tips on how to regain control of our time… using the phrase “time fog” is particularly insightful. While many of us feel that we are “starved for time” … in all reality we probably waste several minutes (or even hours) every day without realizing it.
Go ahead and read the article for the full effect, but here are some of the tips & tricks I’ve picked up to regain my day back. The first one is particular insightful to me… and much easier to implement than the second!… I plan to see how much time I can get back in my week.
Change your language! Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.
Keep a time Log. This may be a little tricky to do but if I can log my meals, surely I can log my time. Right? I’ve realized while using the “Lose It” app on my phone that I can waste calories away on snacks and condiments… and I’m sure Facebook and Twitter are doing the same thing to my schedule.
Though I love the movie, there’s no way I want to be stuck in the Time Warp!