Where focus goes, energy flows.
If you want a sobering insight into where your life is heading then a timechart may be for you.
I came up with this idea one morning as I lay in bed not wanting to get up and finally start my morning excercise regime – in fact I’d had this same case of someday isle for as far back as I can remember.
So, I thought if I log the amount of time I spend on things each day for an entire week it may be the kick I need to get started.
The reality was that it deeply shocked me too.
The amount of time I spent watching television(despite claiming to avoid it) made up the lion’s share of my free time.
Time spent with my wife and newborn son was a shockingly low percentage despite them being the two most important people in my world.
Thanks to the arrival of my son, I spent less time on a number of things through ‘lack of time’ but clearly this was an issue of priorities if television was getting so much of me. (And you should see my TV- it’s an insult to TVs!)
Where was my reading? my work on this blog? my excercise?
Although I have less time (and sleep!) I could switch out activities such as television and still achieve these important tasks.
The bottom line was that I wanted to achieve the things I wanted to achieve, and spend time with my wife and son.
In reality I was spending most of my time aimlessly checking the internet, watching television and using my time inefficiently so feeling fully occupied without making progress.
Knowing that you spend 6hrs a week checking Facebook versus 25 minutes working on your passion is a warning sign- all that time soon passes (and adds up) and if you don’t address the balance you are sabotaging your own success.
Now that I have had this ‘awakening’ I plan to create periodical timecharts so I can keep tabs on my progress.
I challenge you to keep tabs on your time for one week to see where your energy and focus is being spent- you may be surprised by what you find.
Just a thought