Challenging the Idea of Spare Time

Everyone gets only 24 hours a day (if you get 25, please email me with the details of how you manage this feat). All the time that we’ve already assigned, we’ve already assigned. Those few minutes left each day, we think of them as spare time. If only we could have more of it.

Somehow, some people manage to find 2 to 3 hours a day to do their side line project, write a book, learn and practice new skills that are bringing them closer to their dream life.

The reason is they’ve redefined what spare time means, they’ve redefined how they spend their time during their waking hours.

When you re-prioritize what spare time means to you, you can do anything and everything you want. When you say, “this is important to me”, you will have the spare time to do it.

There’s no Such Thing as Time Management

Time management is not logical. It looks like it is when you put it down on paper, or on your favourite time management application, but really, time management is emotional. How you choose to spend your time is based on how you feel.

No one can manage time. Time passes. You got to deal with that fact. You can’t change it, and you can’t do anything about it. Can’t get back in the past, can’t go into the future. Only the now can be used to do/feel/say something.

So, it’s just another case of using the wrong words. Creating an extra hour a day? That’s impossible. Everybody gets 24h/day. What we’re really managing here are the things we do, the feelings we feel, and the things we say.

When I do what’s important instead of what’s urgent, I’m managing both my tasks and my feelings. Doing what’s important will make me feel proud, confident, and free. If I’m responding to urgency, I’ll get behind in my important things, and will be stressed, tired, and anxious.

That’s why I got into the habit of using an hour or two every day to do, feel, and say the important things without interruption from anyone or anything.

Instead of trying to manage time, which is impossible, I choose to manage myself, and take responsibility for the life I have created through the time I was given.

Are you trying to manage time, or do you manage yourself?

 

P.S.: May the 4th be with you!