“I don’t have time” …we’re all guilty of using this phrase, probably every day. Whether it’s feeling like there’s not enough hours in the day or just never getting round to going to the gym, trying out that new recipe, or spending time on something you’ve been meaning to do for a while, we never seem to ‘have time’.

But, I’m going to let you into a little secret…we do have time! In fact we have 168 hours every single week.

Recently I came across this TED Talk by Laura Vanderkam which explores the reality that we must examine ourselves and our priorities in order to understand that time is a choice.

Take a listen and see what you think. It really did motivate me into thinking more about how I spend every single hour of my day.

 

Want to try it out for yourself? You can download a free time management diary here to get you started.

Record everything you do for 168 hours, and then break your activities down into different categories to assess how much time you spent on each one.

Do these number reflect the number of hours you would like to spend on these activities? What do you think would be ideal? How can you change your schedule to get closer to that ideal?

 

To finish this post, here is one of my favourite quotes about making the most of every moment we have…

“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”

 

Love Emily x