This month's challenge is about saving time. And, figuring out where you are spending too much time. It could be doing bills. Or maybe figuring out what meals will be served this week. It could be cleaning the house. Any task that takes away from your enjoyment of life is what we will be focusing on this month.
Saving Time Daily Challenge
There are many areas in our life that we overlook and think our time is being the most effective as possible. But, in actuality, we could be wasting time on mundane tasks when we could be spending more time with our family members or enjoying tasks we love.
The challenge this month is to figure out where you can save time in your life. You may be asking, "why should I do this challenge?" There are many benefits to saving time. Here are 3 major benefits.
Benefits of saving time:
- Having a more fulfilled life. This could include spending more time with loved ones and allow you time to do tasks that make you happy and help you enjoy your life.
- Keeping more money in your pocket. There are areas in your life that you may not realize you are overspending. This could be buying lunch every day instead of bringing a healthy meal from home. Not planning for dinner and making a quick stop to the grocery store every evening for a prepared dish.
- Making more space in your day for downtime. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do nothing for at least an hour or two in your day? By doing this challenge, it will give you the flexibility to manage your day and add the downtime you deserve.
The first part of the challenge: Answer these questions to find out what areas to make more effective.
- What are my strongest skills?
- Which tasks take me over 1 hour to do?
- What tasks make me happy after I complete them?
- If I had enough money to hire someone to help me, which task would I take off my plate?
Here is a free printable for finding ways to save time in your day.
I added four common tasks we all need to review but feel free to add more tasks. In the next column, add different ways you can speed up the task. For example, in the paying bills section, you can decide to add more autopay accounts, so you do not need to write checks manually. In the "due date to implement the changes" section, there is a place to write your determined deadline to complete this speed up the task. Filling this in will help you stay on top of the task and get it done.
Remember: the sooner the deadline the quicker you will free up your time.
The second part of the challenge:
For one week, write down all the tasks you have completed, how long you estimated to do the task, and how long it actually took you to complete it. Jot down notes that may have prolonged the task in the note section. Don't forget the small tasks that take less than 15 minutes.
Here is a time estimation sheet you can print from Sabrina's Admin Services Blog. Click on the link and read about project time estimation tips.
That's it for this month! I hope this helps you find time in your day that you can easily improve. Please share in the comment section below what challenges you found that were most difficult for these tasks. I would love to hear from you.
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Thanks for the worksheet! It's a great way to process change.
I like the charts you've given and how they'll help in developing a time awareness. That's the first step. I generally have very good sense of time and how long I'll need to complete a task or project. I also am big on adding cushions or padding the estimates for the "unexpected" things that arise.
Making more space for downtime is so important. Often our brains need to unplug to recharge.
Stacey Agin Murray
I know that if I look at Facebook before 9am, I lose a lot of my 'power hours' time after taking the kids to school. I have to resist! I know it will make my mornings more productive. I'm trying more to check it only in the afternoon and evening. Thanks for the reminder to do so. 🙂
So few people accurately assess the time they spend on various activities. Tracking this is sort of like doing a nutritional inventory - it can be very eye opening (such as how much time we might spend on social media!).
Writing down how long you think a task will take and how long it actually did take is a great idea. Sometimes we under or over estimate the time it can take and that can cause us so much stress.
Being aware of how long tasks take to complete is very helpful. I don't know how often I've postponed something because I didn't think I had time to do it, only to discover that it only took a few minutes, and I could have done it much sooner!