Time – most of us swear we never have enough of it. “There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” we say.
If the truth be known, it’s not our lack of extra time that keeps us from finishing our ongoing decluttering and organizing projects, achieving our goals, and living our best lives.
Many of us don’t realize that our bucket of time has a hole in it!
Time is a valuable currency, so if we learn how to plug up the holes and invest it properly, we can cash it in the best way possible.
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We All Have 24 Hours in a Day
No matter who we are, how much money we have, or what age we are, we all have the same 24 hours in a day.
And if you are thinking of your time in hours, that is part of the problem. Each of those hours has 60 minutes. Each minute is valuable. That equals 1,440 minutes.
But let’s be realistic, we need to shave an average of 8 hours off of that time to sleep, leaving us 16 hours or 960 minutes each day.
That is still a large balance in our time bank account.
Why do I refer to it as a bank account?
Because time is currency. And just like currency, the more we save, the more we have to spend on things we want.
Take an example of deciding to spend 10 minutes doing a few dishes and wiping down the counters after dinner. This is a wonderful use of your time.
Now let’s say that really only took you 9 minutes. What about the other minute? What did you do with it? Likely nothing – there is a leak.
Let’s say you saw you had that minute left and you used it to set up the coffee pot for the next morning. Your 10-minute investment was well spent, only now it produced a dividend just like money you save in the bank.
What dividend, you ask?
You now have saved the time tomorrow morning when you get up that you would have used to set up your coffee pot. You have just added a potentially wasted minute from the evening before to the next day.
3 Simple Steps to Adding More Time to Your Bank Account
- Learn to assign small periods of time for tasks
- Pay attention to how long a task actually takes you
- Have a list (mentally or on paper) of things you can accomplish with leftover time
Just like we try to teach our kids the value of a dollar, we need to teach ourselves the value of a minute.
Are you ready to create some time dividends?
If you are ready to make the most of your precious time, I would love to work with you.
I specialize in Time Management and any type of decluttering issue you may want to work on.
Head to my website to schedule a Zoom session today.
Linda Bee is a Decluttering School coach who works with clients to declutter and organize their homes while specializing in time management. Connect with Linda on our coach network.