If you’re like most people, you’ve probably convinced yourself that you don’t have enough time in the day to accomplish everything you need or want to get done. Whether it’s time to work on your business, set new fitness goals, start a new business or just about anything, we often give up before we even start because we believe it’s just not possible to fit in our busy lives.
Well, the interesting thing is, if you sit down and do the calculations, you’d be surprised at just how much time you really do have. As a planner by nature, I actually plan my days from the time I wake up until I go to sleep. I even try to cook most of my meals on Sundays, so that this allows me more time during the week to rest or just work on other projects after work.
To make it easier to figure out how much time you actually have, download my free Time Calculator. It’s a simple, but highly effective, spreadsheet that will reveal the time you actually have to work on things you’ve been putting off. And it will help you identify the time blocks you can use to your benefit each day.
I’ve included a picture of what my days usually look like below.
- Simply open the spreadsheet and you’ll see all the days of the week across the top and then 60-minute time blocks on the side. These time blocks should start from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, so you may need to make adjustments. You can also switch to 30-minute increments to be more precise if you prefer.
- In each time block, mark all the times you are busy. For example, include time at your job, exercise, family time, church, meal preparation and eating commuting, etc.
- Then for open blocks, write in “1” for each hour block that you have free. If you switch to 30-minute blocks, enter “0.5”.
- Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll see how much free time you have each day and the total free time you have each week.
Of course, this calculation is just the first step in getting more done with your time and reaching those big goals you never thought you had time for. From here, you’ll need to connect that time to the goals you want to achieve.
Later this week, I’ll be sharing a quick goals guide, a S.M.A.R.T. goals worksheet, and a couple other goal sheets I’ve created. You can use these worksheets to help plan and prep for your goals for the new year.