We all have too many priorities and too little time to do them justice.
But did you know that you can create more free time in your life by asking yourself a few questions?
Questions are powerful because they focus your attention and generate solutions. You just have to ask the right questions!
7 Simple Questions That Will Free Up Your Time
Ask yourself these questions to create more space in your life.
1. What are my three biggest distractions at home? The most common distractions and time wasters are often electronic in nature. Your cell phone, laptop, and the television can leave you wondering where your time went. Other distractions might include an annoying neighbor, an organization that requires too much of your time, or family obligations. Think of ways to eliminate or minimize these distractions and spend your time in a more meaningful way.
2. What are my three biggest distractions at work? An overly chatty co-worker could be neutralized with headphones. Respond to email 3 times a day instead of every 5 minutes. Think of the distractions you face at work and create solutions.
3. Am I making the best use of the free time I already have available? When you do have free time, how do you use it? Consider both the small blocks of time you have available throughout the day and the larger segments of time that you have free. If you’re waiting for a meeting to start, how do you use that time? Are you using your time in the car as productively as possible? You could use the time to make phone calls or listen to educational programs. Examine all the spare time you have each day and vow to use it more productively.
4. What are my priorities? Make a list of your work and personal priorities. You can’t focus your time if you’re unaware of your priorities. You can focus your attention by reminding yourself of your priorities every day.
5. What are the optional activities in my life? Make a list of everything you do in your life that’s optional – from watching TV to playing softball on the weekends. Some of those activities add to your life in meaningful ways, while others do not. Which of those activities are you willing to give up to create more space in your life?
6. How can I simplify my life? How many blogs, magazine subscriptions, and podcasts do you follow? Are they all worth the time? Can you hire someone to mow your grass or clean your home? Can you get rid of a few possessions that are taking up time and space in your life?
7. What would I do if I had more free time? How would you spend that time? With whom would you spend it? If you can identify how you want to spend your free time, you might become more motivated to create more free time in your life.
Over to you…
If you’re lacking enough time to enjoy your life, it’s time to set priorities and reduce distractions.
It starts with you. Decide what is most important to you. Then determine how you’re using your time inefficiently. Ask yourself these important questions that will allow you to make meaningful changes. You’ll be glad you did!