Earn Back Time

Do you ever find yourself wishing for more time in a day? How about wondering where the day went? Or how are you supposed to be able to get everything on your to-do list accomplished? Wishing the feeling of overwhelm would go away already? Do not worry you are not alone! These are some of the most popular feelings I hear on a regular basis from clients and friends alike. I regularly get asked how do you do all of that? Do you ever sleep? How do you have so much energy?

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Strategically eliminate overwhelm.

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Own your time and happiness.

That being said, today we are going to jump into some of the time engineering process that I take clients through. It is vital to work on internal stuff at the same time as the external stuff. They work in conjunction with each other, and you need to be able to work between the two of them. Overwhelm happens because of too much on our plates.

Time management plays a big role in how we manage our lives, including setting our priorities, handling mundane daily tasks, and planning and preparing for the future. If we let time take over and lose our control it is very easy to let a lot of other things go to the overwhelm and chaos. 

Understanding your life from a time perspective is fairly simple, however, I will not promise that it is easy. Many people get to the first step and break down or give up. It is ok if this happens, just promise yourself you will keep coming back to it until you have completed it and can move on. 

Why is step one so difficult you ask??

Well, much like other areas in our lives, if it difficult because we are forced to get absolutely, 100%, serious and honest with ourselves. We have to take a full inventory of our lives, our activities, responsibilities, and our desired for where we want to go. 

Part one actually has multiple parts, so we are going to start with the basics and then, build upon it. I am going to put in my work, so feel free to copy and paste as you need to. I encourage you to do this over a few days because undoubtedly more things will pop into your head, be sure you carry a pad and pen with you this week to capture them as you go…

I am sure you are wondering what the heck I am babbling on about… so here it goes:

Everything I Do Challenge

Over the next week keep a running tally of everything you do! Every activity, responsibility, group, club, etc.  Try to be as specific as possible. I personally like to break things down into the different parts, because I may not mind one part of a process of activity and really dislike another part of it. Example: Laundry — can be broken down into – sorting, washing, folding, putting away. Meals – shopping, prep, cooking, eating, clean up.

If you are going to do this on the computer consider doing this in excel with different tabs for the separate areas of your life… this may assist in keeping the overwhelm down a bit. WARNING: You may feel exasperation, dizziness, frustration, overwhelm, confusion, surprise, elation, or exhaustion looking at a complete list of all of the things you do. 

Try to add in the things you would LIKE to do too. If you really want to join a bowling league, book clue, exercise, etc. put that into your list as well. 

When you are writing down your activities consider the following categories:

  • Family
  • Career
  • Financial
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Intellectual

I would love it if you would share you experiences with this and how it is making you feel. Please reach out if you are feeling overwhelmed, or like you need to give up. I am happily here to support you and keep you moving through the process. If you need to step away and come back that is perfectly ok, but make sure you come back!

My Lists (I am sure I am forgetting some things!)

Financial
Pay Bills
Grocery shopping
Coupon selecting
Mint Transaction
Paying Credit Cards
Paying Loans
Checking bank acct
Depositing $
Transferring $ btwn acts

Intellectual
Goal creation
Goal tracking
Reading
Luminosity
Darren Daily
Seth Godin’s Blog
Gratitude Journal
Affirmations
Listening to Audio Books

Family
Make the bed
Sorting Laundry
Washing Clothes
Drying Clothes
Folding Clothes
Putting Clothes away
Washing Dishes
Putting Dishes Away
Wiping down counters
Cleaning mirrors
Cleaning toilet
Cleaning shower
Dusting
Vacuuming
Meal prep and planning
Making dinner
Making lunch
Making breakfast
Putting away groceries
Getting the mail
Sorting the mail
Car maintenance
Motorcycle maintenance
Cleaning out the car
Cleaning out the fridge
grocery shopping
Sweeping & mopping floors
Washing windows

Physical
Showering
Flossing teeth
Brushing teeth
Brushing hair
Deodorant
Exercise
Stretching
Sleep
Doctors Apts
Chiropractor
Eating
Massages
Mani Pedis
Washing Face
Physical Therapy

Spiritual
IF Gathering 
Church
Daily meditation
Read Bible 
Volunteer @ Church 
IF Table Leader
Merge Leader

Social
Trip planning
Trip preparation
Adventure planning
Adventure preparation
WWW
Toastmasters
Hanging out friends
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Because I have my own business I try and sub categorize the Career section – you can absolutely do this for other areas of your life if it is helpful.

Career
Networking
ABNG
WINN 
Scheduling -3 (1-1) meetings/wk
WINC Grad Circle accountability group
DMAR
YPN
NAPO Chpt Meetings
NAPO BOD Call
Mastermind Group
Nigels Group coaching
LLVA
Daily Tasks
Sorting through paperwork
Inputting business cards
Scheduling calendar
Confirming aptmts
Meeting follow up
Reaching out
Facebook posts
Periscope
Content Based
Monthly newsletter
Weekly blog post
Passing out business fliers
Creating business copy
Contact prospects
Content Creation
Daily videos
Financial
Scanning in receipts
Tracking mileage
Rev Reality
Quick Books

Social Media Event Posting
Projects
Updating Website
Events
Vision Board Workshops

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Client focused
Contacting Prospect
Client follow up
Tracking client hours

Client Hours
Contact past clients

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