How to Get More Time in a Day.

How to Get More Time in a Day.

Most people feel like their back is against the wall when it comes to the amount of time we have in a day. We all know that we can't buy more time or increase the hours in a day. But we can use what we have control over, how we use those hours. I say this often, a lot of people choose to be reactive instead of proactive. Let me tell you what I mean.

You know those people that are living paycheck to paycheck, they get their accounts turned off but the next month scramble to find money to get them turned back on? I know some of us don't make tons of money, I get it. What I am talking about are the ones that have money for other things in life but let their bills go. I call this reactive living; they only see what's in front of them. They don't plan for next week or next month.

What I call proactive living is when the person tries to predict what's coming around the corner. They know that bills are coming up, they make a budget and plan accordingly. This type of person organizes their future moves; they are proactive in their lives.

If you don't manage your life, someone else will manage it for you on their terms.

How can I get more time in a day?

You don't have enough time. This is a Lie.

When you say "I don't have enough time for _______" you're telling yourself a lie.

That time will fill up with something else, so you have the time, you are choosing not to make it a priority. Instead of saying "I don't have time," say "It's just not a priority. I am choosing not to do it."

Not all things in life are equal, but time is. We all have the same 24 hrs a day, how we choose to spend those hours is entirely up to us. So, it comes down to what do you want to do with the time you have. DO you want to use them proactively or reactively?

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ― Jack London

With those 24 hours, how will you divide them up? Many of us know that we will spend probably 8 hours of them working a job to bring in money. This is what we commit to. Think about it; we make choices where and what we spend our time on. On the weekends some of us try to get out and see different parts of the area we live, some go to parties, others sit on facebook, etc. It comes down to what matters the most to you. DO you want to use the time you have for you or just getting sidetracked into things that waste time?

If you tell yourself, I want to go to the gym and get fit but... "I don't have time." Well, you have the time you are committing to spend it on other things. We make time for things that are the most important to us. Again don't lie to yourself and say you don't have the time. If you want to go to the gym, you will arrange your time accordingly to allow for it because it's a priority.

Importance VS. Distractions

To get the most out of your time, you must first be able to determine what is essential and what is a distraction.

Importance of time: The importance of time is anything that adds value to your life. Your business, gym, taking a class, learning a new hobby, seeing nature, reading a book, researching something new, etc. You will feel good after doing these activities because you think that value is being added to your life.

How to Get More out of your day.

Distractions: Distractions are things that help you in a way to escape. This can be drugs, alcohol, eating junk food, on social media too long, watching TV, texting or talking to people about meaningless things... indulging in these activities aren't adding value, they are distracting you from the essential tasks you could be having. When we are feeling empty are not fulfilled, we look for activities so that we can escape. We seek gratification and comfort through distractions. We often get caught up in these distractions that make us feel like we are swamped, but we are just running in place.

“Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.” ― Will Rogers

The target we are aiming for is distractions should be no more than 10% - 20% of our day. We want to be spending more on the essential things in our lives instead of the distractions. I am not saying to cut out all the fun; we still have to live. I am just saying set time aside for it and manage it. What you don't want to happen is you go down the rabbit hole and lose track of what is going on throughout the day. This is how you get into the reactive lifestyle. Remain in the driver seat of your life.

Where do I put the focus on my time?<