Have you ever really assessed how you spend your days? We are so quick to want them to be over with at times and to count them down before holidays or big events. We whinge when we don’t have enough time to do the things that we desire and cross off some days with our compulsive busyness of just surviving. Being aware and mindful of how I spend my time is something that I strive to do but still struggle to strike a balance with.
Recently, I read Laura Vanderkam’s What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and in this short guide, she recommends writing down how you spend your entire week. That means every minute is accounted for. Just as if you were trying to lose weight by recording every morsel of food that you had consumed each day and week until you had reached your desired weight, Vanderkam suggests jotting down how you spend your 24 hours every day for a week amounting to 168 hours in total.
You can check out her 168-hour spread sheet to track how you spend your valuable time by clicking this link here.
Starting Monday, January 19th, for this week’s #Mindset Monday challenge, I’m going to try out Vanderkam’s idea. The reason why I’m doing this is to become more mindful about how I may spend my time and where I could be wasting precious minutes and hours. I’d like to use my time in better ways and not squander it away with mindless or meaningless tasks.
Of course the majority of my time will be spent working and sleeping, but I’d like to delve into the ways in which I can better manage and get rid of the things I do that do not serve me well. I’ll be assessing how I spend my time but also specifically what I do with that time. I believe that this well-intentioned act of keeping better track of my time will enable me to ask some important questions. I jotted down some of these questions below.
Where is my time spent?
Am I nurturing relationships?
Am I nurturing my career?
Am I taking care of my family?
Am I investing in my own mental, physical and emotional health?
Am I being of service to others?
Am I cultivating creative skills?
Am I nurturing strength of spirit?
Am I being vs. just doing something?
Am I taking restorative breaks?
Am I trying new things?
Am I doing these tasks mindlessly or am I filling my moments with living mindfully?
My ultimate goal is to use this week as a big way to investigate how I spend my time so that I may be able to eliminate those mindless habits that I do with automaticity. First, I need to compile my personal information in order to delete those time suckers that no longer serve me and then I’ll deposit that extra time into ways that help me grow and learn.
Take hold of your days, breathe fully, and strive to fill your days with mindful moments.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily