I was recently talking to someone about being busy. She said she knows she’s busy when she’s been working 7 days straight for weeks on end. Not making time for anything fun.
And yes, that is busy. I also wonder if being busy includes those fun activities that we said yes to long ago but no longer find fun.
If you’re used to plowing through each day, hauling kids from one activity to another (or running to your own), crossing tasks off your list as fast as you can, falling into bed exhausted at the end of the day, then you might not even be aware of how you are spending your time.
We committed to something and continue to do it because we feel we should or we don’t know how to say no.
We do what’s on our task list because it’s there, not really thinking about why we are doing it and if it’s worth the time.
How do we break this cycle?
What if you tracked your time, every 30-60 minutes for one, maybe even two weeks? (Find resources on how to do that here.)
Then spent time evaluating where your time is really going.
Yes, even in a pandemic.
When we track our time, we know where it’s going. We might think we’re spending a lot of time working, but we’re really not (or vice versa). Or that we’re rarely on social media, but in reality, the amount of time we spend mindlessly playing on the Internet surprises us. Or that all we do is laundry and dishes. But in reality, it’s less than 20 minutes a day on both.
Then, what if we took that information and started being more intentional with our time? Finding ways to stop doing the things that no longer serve us. Focusing on the tasks that are moving us forward in our lives, both professionally and personally. Wrapping up the projects that we’ve committed to but they linger because we’re not invested in them anymore. (and, wrapping up could include delegating or deleting, if that’s possible).
What does your time look like? Are you busy? Or are you spending your time intentionally?
If you want to talk about tracking your time and what to do with that information once you have it, schedule a 30-minute call with me!