Well, it is true that the world and our lives seem to get ever busier. Juggling work, family, a social life and everything else that goes on isn’t always easy but when we say we don’t have time are we really being honest with ourselves? Do any of us really know how much time we have if we want it badly enough?
A few weeks ago I read an article that suggested a simple exercise and I decided to try it. The results were very revealing and if you really do want to find time to study (or add anything else to your life) then it may be worth you trying.
All you need to do is keep a diary for a week or two. Now I don’t mean a “Dear Diary” reflection on life but a really detailed minute by minute log of everything you do. What time do you get up, how long in the shower, what time you leave to go to work and what time you get there, how long down the pub on Friday evening? And I really do mean everything, including watching telly (note what you watch as well!).
Having done the diary have a look and see just how long you spend doing things that don’t really add value to your life (this doesn’t include genuine relaxation time which of course we all need to keep our sanity!). Can you really not ditch 5 hours a week and use that time to do something else such as studying? Did you really need to watch every episode of all the soaps? Could you have gone to the pub an hour later? Or can you use what otherwise appears as down time more effectively – for example could you do some of your study reading on the train to work?
Now I am not suggesting that we are all wasting lots of time doing nothing but when you analyse your weekly routines you may be surprised at how easy it is to find a little time to invest in your future. “I don’t have time” often really means “I don’t see that thing you want me to do as being important enough to miss Eastenders”! But if a more fulfilling and successful future is a priority for you the diary exercise above may just help you find the time!
And if you are not convinced here is a thought for you. If I said you need to find time tomorrow to travel 200 miles and collect a cheque for a million pounds would you find the time? I bet we all would because we would see it as the key to a better future. Well, maybe a course with Lewis Secretarial College could be a similar key – if you have the time of course!