Goal Setting (Part 3): Time to Execute: 3 Reasons Why It's Easier to Find Time than You Think

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In the last couple weeks we’ve talked about why goal setting is important, and how you can set goals that you’ll actually accomplish. This week we’re taking another step forward and looking at the main obstacle for most people: time.

I’m happy to tell you that it’s easier to find than you may think!

The secret to finding more time? Scheduling things! Creating a scheduled is such a great way to honestly look at what you’re spending your time on (its diet equivalency is a food journal). It has also has some other great benefits, which you can check out below:

Reason #1: Scheduling your days puts things in perspective real quick.

It forces you to look at what you’re currently doing and where you’re wasting time. That in turn allows you to get rid of wasted time and easily schedule in your goal’s action items. For example, it may feel like you’re on the go all the time and never have a moment to spare, but if you actually write out a reflective schedule of what you did each day last week, chances are good that you’ll find areas of wasted time.

It will also allow you to see areas where you can easily sub in something new instead of what you’re currently doing. For example, if you’re spending two hours a day watching TV (which sounds like a lot, but in a culture where binge-watching is celebrated, many of us probably spend more time than this on it), try subbing out an hour of that time to work on your dream. Another great example is the drive to work. I used to love listening to music (and still do), but have opted for that time to be used in more productive ways, by either listening to that day’s podcast of the Bible or a business podcast. That way, even though I’m not directly working on my dreams, I’m at least filling my time with something that’s both meaningful and will help me grow as a person.

Reason #2: Scheduling also allows you to immediately recognize if you’re not on track with your goal.

Lost track of time hanging out with the girls or playing with your kids, and now it feels like you’re way behind? Check your schedule! You’ll either discover you’re on track and actually still have time to hang out, or you’ll see that it’s indeed time for you to get to work for a little while.

Reason #3: Scheduling helps those of us who are workaholics to not spend ALL of our time working.

I love my family and I love my friends. I also love my business and dislike having a day job. My goal is to replace not only my income, but my whole household’s income, with business profit. In order to do that, I must work hard. In order to do that, sacrifices must be made. I love to work on my dreams, and work hard.

As such, with such a determined and honed-in focus on that goal, it can be hard for me to break away and remember to spend time with my family and friends. That sounds awful, I know, but I’m sure you can relate at times. In any case, setting a schedule that has prescribed work times and designated family/friend times really helps me keep it all balanced. It also makes me feel assured that both business and family are being taken care of.

In summary:

Scheduling is such a great way to help you find more time and focus on the important things for several reasons. Not only does it help you see where you’re really spending your time, but it also helps you know exactly where you should be and whether you’re on track or not. Sometimes it may feel like you’re not, but if you have a schedule to check, you may find that you’re exactly where you should be! And perhaps most importantly, a schedule can help those of us who tend to get carried away with our work keep balance between work time and loved-one time.

Action items:

If you don’t already have a schedule or have no idea what you really spent time on last week, take the time to make a reflective schedule of last week. Go through each day and write down what you did every day of the week, with specific times (I round to the nearest 15 minutes) for each item. Give an honest look at every area—how much time you spent sleeping, getting ready for work, driving to work, being at work, what you did as soon as you got home, how much time you spent in front of the TV or social media, etc. With that and your goals in mind, now craft an ideal schedule for next week!

Join the convo! ;-)

Did you find space in your week where you’re not utilizing your time most effecively and you’re excited to change it? Did you make a schedule for the first time and are going to try it out this week? Share your excitement below!