I think we've all heard the adage: time is money.
I think time is much more than money, actually. Money can be made or lost. Some people have more of it than others. We can earn it through hard work, inherit it or squirrel it away.
Time? No. We all have the same amount, the same golden 24-hours a day.
We can't save it or grow it or lose it. It's the same each and every day.
The most we can do is use it wisely or waste it. That much is up to us.
In regards to time, I have two issues:
1. I'm afraid I waste a lot of time (which is a soft way of saying: I waste a lot of time).
2. I am constantly late. I run about 5-7 minutes late for everything. Everything.
So, this month, I'd like to track my time.
First, I'll track how long it takes me to do normal daily tasks so I can better plan my time. This includes such activities as chores, writing, travel time and routines. Before I get started, I'll make a list of what I plan to track and an estimated amount of time I think I spend on each one.
For example, I estimate it takes me 12 minutes to get to Jazzercise (yes, I do Jazzercise).
Or I estimate it takes me 7 minutes to unload the dishwasher.
So, I'll make my list of the things I must do each day and how long each task takes me.
Second, I'll track my time over the course of a week. So, from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep, what do I do with my time?
Do I spend two hours a day online? Or do I spend four?
Do I spend half an hour with my kids at bedtime or five?
My hopes in tracking my time are twofold:
1. I want to stop being late. That is a huge goal for me this coming year. It's embarrassing and makes me really anxious. Driving in the car with me is no fun because I'm always rushing, aware that I'm late and feeling guilty.
2. I want to make the most of my time. I don't mean this in an obsessive way. But I'm aware of the years slipping by and of the fact that I don't have all the time in the world any longer. My kids are growing up. I'm middle-aged. There is so much I want to do, and I'm fully aware that if I'd gotten started 10 years ago, I'd have accomplished many of my dreams. I want to get started now.
I'm not necessarily looking forward to the black-and-white of how I spend my time, but I am looking forward to using those hard stats to run 2018 instead of letting it run me.