How to Gain Control of your Free Time by Laura Vanderkam is possibly one of the most useful Ted Talks I’ve watched in a while. If you can’t spare the 12 minutes it takes to watch it, here are the facts:
You have 168 hours a week to spend. That’s a fact. Subtract how many hours a week you work, sleep, and spend on essential chores. What you have left is “free” time. This is time you can do whatever you want with. How are you using it?
So how do you figure out what to do with your free time? Laura suggests you examine what matters most to you in one of two ways (or both, if you have the time):
- Write your next year’s performance review now — what would you like it to say you accomplished?
- Write next year’s holiday family letter now — what would you like to say made your year fabulous?
This will give you an idea of wish list or goals you can schedule time to accomplish.
Small moments have great power
Break your goals into manageable steps. Prioritize these steps by scheduling them into your week. Even if it’s only a few hours a week, it matters. Use your bits of time with purpose because, truthfully, you have lots of time to do these things.
Look at the whole of your time and fill it with the good stuff. Watch less TV. Tweet less. Play less video games. Push everything that doesn’t matter, that doesn’t forward your goals, aside.
We can build the lives we want with the time we have.
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Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of In the Context of Love, adult contemporary fiction about one woman’s needs to tell her story without shame.
2016 Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
2016 Readers’ Favorite Finalist
2016 USA Book News Best Book Finalist
2015 Great Midwest Book Fest Honorable Mention.
“…at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. Should be required reading for all wayward teenage girls, and their mothers, too.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River,and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters