Everybody wishes they could have more hours in the day, but many of us are too busy and tired to actually do anything about it. It feels like a catch-22: we need time to figure out how to get more time. Fortunately, there’s a way out of this conundrum, and it starts by reframing how we look at our schedules. Traditionally, we think in terms of making time—a word that connotes hard work and effort. What if we thought in terms of creating time instead?
Managing our schedules can be a creative act if we bring positive energy to them. When you create something, you’re in charge of all of the details. You get to decide the what, when, and how of the situation—so why not have fun with it? Ultimately, it’s you who are in charge of how you spend your days. Are you in control of your schedule, or is it in control of you?
Here’s how you can start to create time:
- Identify what is currently making you less than pleased with your weekly schedule
- Evaluate the 10 activities you spend the most time on every week
- Write down your list of things you wish you had time for, but don’t
- Pick one current activity that you can reduce or eliminate, and do it
- Pick one wish-list activity that you can easily incorporate into your schedule, and do it
As you become increasingly aware of how you’re spending your time, you’ll be more and more empowered to create new blocks of time where you can accomplish whatever you’ve set your mind to. Start small and be patient with yourself. Once you get good at creating time, it will become second nature.