How much of your time is really your own? How much of your week is spent doing for others, and doing things you’d rather not be doing?
Every now and then, we need to take some time to really reflect on how we’re spending our time.
Take out a piece of lined or grid paper, or open a spreadsheet, and mark out your hours for a week.
- Shade in the hours spent on things you hate doing and that are for someone else.
- With a different color, shade in the hours spent on things done for others, but that you like doing, or get some fulfillment from.
- And last, but surely not least, color in the hours you spend doing for you – things you like and that are done for you.
Now, you have to be honest here. Things like stuff you do for your kids can be fulfilling, so that makes it fall under the second category. But changing diapers – not so much. Similarly, work you do for clients, that is work you enjoy, or that you find fulfilling, would fit. But work you hate, that you’re only doing to make money – more in category one than two.
Now look over your sheet. How much is colored as category 3 – things you like and that are done for you?
Take some time over the weekend and think about how your time is spent. Time is one currency that can’t be replenished, so do your best to spend it wisely.
Have a great weekend (perhaps doing something for you ).