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Finding Pockets of Time

Take a typical day, or over the course of a week, and notice how you are actually using your time currently.

Grab a piece or paper or a small notebook, which you can keep with you throughout the day. You can check in with yourself every hour or 30 minutes and make a little note of what you have just spent time doing.

You might be shocked to discover how much time you might be spending zoning out or doing filler activities such as scrolling on your phone.

You can also use a time finder sheet, you can create your own, or download my template.

Step 1

Start by blocking off the times that you can't change what happens e.g. work hours, school runs, scheduled hobbies, activities, classes or other commitments you have. Don't forget the time you sleep!

Step 2

Go through your week and note down what you do in the other time and roughly how long it takes. This could be things like house work, socialising, scrolling on your phone... These are things which you usually do, but may not necessarily need to be done either at a fixed time, or possibly at all.

Step 3

Notice any little pockets of time you have left, which you might be able to include some of the activities you currently feel you don't have time for.

Once you’ve done this it’s time to work smarter, not harder.

Now take a look at your Timefinder and make the following 2 lists...

• Things which need to be done, but could potentially be carried out more effectively, thus saving time.

• Things which would enrich your life, but you feel like you don't really have enough time for.

Next, streamline your life!

There are lots of ways you can save time, or give yourself back some time including

• Meal planning, batch shopping, prepping and freezing

• Decluttering

• Housework

Habit forming

Luckily I have some more blogs on how to do just that!

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