Do you truly make good use of your free time?

Recently I have been thinking more about time.    How little it seems we have compared to how much needs to be done. We all receive 24 hours yet some appear to accomplish much in this time and others very little. I think of world leaders, politicians, producers and the like who more often than not achieve their objectives.  I presume they go to sleep just as you and I do therefore they have no additional hours in the day in which to function. Having said that they may well limit their sleeping hours. I read the late Margaret Thatcher, UK Prime Minister 1979 to 1990 slept for just four hours a night. Clearly she was able to function with minimum sleep!

In order to achieve your desired outcome on a project or process, you need to focus and shut off any distractions.  TV and social media are major culprits in taking up our time but only if we let them.  We are in control of what we choose to give our time to.  It is our responsibility to make good use of our time.

Around three years ago I made the decision to stop watching UK soap operas. For those in the UK I am referring to Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street.  My daughter was six year old and slowly becoming consumed by the storylines which were usually rather negative. I decided there and then I did not want these soaps acting as any form of influence in her life so stopped watching them- just like that! I did not miss them at all and even better I got back 1.5 hours of my life every evening to carry out far more constructive activities such as reading, jotting down ideas for my blog and networking on LinkedIn.

Perhaps watching television may not be an issue for you but I have listed some tips below;

1. If you find you spend an hour or two on the telephone each evening, consider making calls during lunchtime or on your commute.

2. If you find you waste time on the internet, consider allocating specific time slots to do this or log out of particular sites making it less easy for you to mindlessly surf.

3. Be confident in declining another ‘night out’ if it will mean you can spend time on a project or task. Whilst socialising is important sometimes you have to weigh up which will bring more value to your life.

So to end, there will be a continuous string of events, people and circumstances wanting to utilise your time.  It is unlikely you can juggle them all therefore you will need to prioritise and prioritise some more.

How do you manage your time?
How do you find the balance between work, business and leisure?


16 thoughts on “Do you truly make good use of your free time?”

  1. I recently stopped spend hour or two on the telephone each evening and decided to make those calls during my commute with the exception of private calls. Some tasks like grocery shopping is done mid week rather than a Saturday morning and it really works.

    Delegating chores also saves time.

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  2. Time seems to be the same as Money. When you have little, getting more seems so much better. When you finally get more, it is not enough because you use it. Its a never ending cycle. So we should treat free time like money, division it out for what is needed, and for what is fun. And try to keep some in reserve for when you need it.

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  3. Excellent advice Phoenicia. I haven’t watched TV for over 3 years and I don’t miss it. I don’t manage time, I manage priorities – that’s always my focus. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect at it, but between my trusty journal, task list and daily reminders I keep moving forward. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

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    1. Wow – three years with no TV. It is funny when you drop something you have always done and find you do not even miss or think about it. We cannot do everything so it makes sense to focus only on our priorities.


  4. I used to teach a time management workshop. Each time I taught it, I learned something more about making the most out of my days. Year later, most of those lessons have stuck, but I could probably do better! It is all about the choices we make.

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    1. I remember being taught on a time management course that it was not as much about managing all you have but carefully dropping what you do not need to do. It gave me food for thought as some tasks and responsibilities can easily be passed on or terminated but yet we can still hold on.


  5. Well, Phoenicia, I have to admit, I waste quite a bit of time each day—I call it relaxing! But on the other hand, I get a lot done too! I think work goes best for me if I use the ‘in-between time’ to take it easy! You seem to accomplish a lot, Kudos to you!

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    1. It just goes to show how differently we are wired. What works for one does not for another. My commute is long enough for me to deal with my blog and general personal and church administration. Once home I can focus on my family.


  6. Totally agree that we do not “have” time, we “make” time! My pitfall is that I will often keep working late into the night, and then my quality of sleep suffers. I noticed your anecdote about Margaret Thatcher. The same is true of Bill Clinton! Supposedly, he only needs 4 hours of sleep a night. However, my friend who is a sleep coach says that people like them actually have a genetic defect, so they are not the best role models for everyone else to follow! Typically, we all need at least 7 to 8 hours of good sleep per night. That is one of my self-care goals right now: get better sleep!

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    1. I have to admit that I only sleep for 5 to 6 hours a night. I am a night owl and rarely go to bed before midnight. I am only watching one drama at the moment so TV is not taking much of my time at all.


  7. Hi Phoenicia. I agree with you. We all seem to have less time these days. The thing that I do that serves several purposes is to multi-task whenever I can. For example, my husband like to watch TV in the evenings, and likes me to be in the same room. So I take my iPad with me, and catch up on my e-mails and blog commenting in the evenings while I ‘watch’ TV with him. He’s happy, and it enables me to keep up with my online work.

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