July 15: Time Audit

Some people are masters at time management.  The more efficiently we manage our time, the more efficient we can become in our personal lives.  Creating and enjoying efficiency in one area of our lives benefits us, by default, in ALL areas of our lives.  Making good use of every second, every minute, and every hour of each day, ensures we will make the most of each day.  Those days add up into months, which quickly become years.

Every minute matters.  Every second counts.

A helpful  tool to experiment with is a personal time audit.  For a day, or a week, or for however long we choose, we can keep track of the exact time we spend on certain activities throughout the day.  We can record it on a piece of paper, or get serious about it and buy a little notebook and name it the Time Audit Journal.  We can then calculate a daily average of exactly how long we spend on certain activities.  The more honest we are about it with ourselves, the more helpful this tool is.  We can record time spent eating, time spent sleeping, time spent watching television or on electronics, time spent talking with others on the phone or in person, time spent at work, etc.

It is helpful to know EXACTLY where our time is going each day and figure out ways we want to spend more time on the activities which will help us accomplish the life, the wealth, the feelings, the enjoyment, the pleasure, and the meaningfulness we want in our lives.  When we choose to control and designate our time, we have more opportunities to control and enjoy a more fulfilling, pleasurable, meaningful future.  It’s a fun experiment to try, even for a little while.  It really brings perspective to our day and how we are choosing to spend our time and live out our day.


If we are currently unhappy with the results of our life, we can take a look at the habits we have.  When we complete a Time Study, or keep a Time Journal, it is easy to see which habits have created our current circumstances.  HABITS ARE SOMETHING WE CAN CHANGE ANY TIME WE WANT TO.

Multi-tasking can be extremely beneficial.  Sometimes we can add activities to things we have to do, like listening to lectures, interviews, and podcasts while we cook, clean, or do laundry.  We can listen to books or podcasts while in the car driving to work, or even while we work.  There are always things we can do to make better use of our time, if we so choose.

Multi-tasking has the potential to help us not only add value to our lives, but also to the lives of those around us.  Multi-tasking has the potential to make us more valuable, by making us a better version of ourselves.

Helpful questions we can all ask ourselves:  Are there times throughout the day I want to improve on?  What would be the value in spending more time doing things I love and less time doing things I hate?  What are some things throughout the day I can do while multi-tasking to make my day more enjoyable and beneficial?

Time is our most valuable commodity.  We can’t buy more.  We don’t know when we will run out of it.  It is important for each of us to make the most of our time doing the things we love, with the people we love, before that time runs out.

Today I will do a personal time audit and see exactly how much time I am spending on certain activities, and exactly where my time and energy is going.  If I think it may be beneficial, I will extend this time audit in order to be more mindful of where all of my time is being spent and come up with a plan for a more beneficial, valuable, daily schedule in order to create and enjoy an even more beautiful life.

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