These days, it seems as though not having “enough time” has become a mantra. Everywhere you turn, you see people in a constant rush. They are over-booked and over-scheduled with little free time. Life is accompanied by the ongoing stress of “not enough time”.
You may be bombarded with requests and demands for your time. There are constant interruptions and distractions that take time away from what you should be doing and what want to do. There are pressures from the job, your boss, your colleagues, your family, and even friends. And because everything happens much more quickly in this electronic age, you just don’t have enough time to get everything done. It’s as if everyone wants your time and everyone succeeds in getting what they want except you.
Why is that? Why don’t you have enough time for yourself, to do the things you want?
Many people complain about being too busy. Though it may not always seem so, how we fill our time and how we spend it is really our choice.
Sometimes doing too much can be a symptom of something else in disguise. It can be our way of making sure we feel needed. It can also be a way of just filling our time, of not being able to make a decision, having too many choices, of repressing our feelings or burying depression or anger.
Is it really that we don’t have “Enough Time” or is it that we just don’t manage the time we have?
If you’re caught up in the ”I don’t have enough time” syndrome, take this short quiz. This Time Management Tool can offer you some help and insight into how well you manage your time and may pinpoint which areas you need to focus on to change. Answer the questions as honestly as you can. Just jot down how many you answer as True or False.
1. True False–I’m busy most of the time yet I feel like I’m “spinning my wheels” and not moving forward in my life, career or business.
2. True False–I react to my day instead of planning what I need to do.
3. True False–I spend much of my time responding to urgent distractions and countless interruptions.
4. True False–I find myself running from the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night.
5. True False–I procrastinate on important projects because other priorities take up my time.
6. True False–Even if I sleep through the night, I never seem to be able to get enough rest.
7. True False –I constantly find myself trying to catch up.
8. True False –I want more time to focus on my needs, to exercise, eat right, etc., but I spend so much energy serving the needs and demands of others, I just can’t find enough time to do the things I want.
9. True False –I allow myself to drift into obligations when I don’t know how much time or energy they’ll require.
10. True False –I know I should spend more time with my spouse or kids or the ones I love, and I feel guilty about it, but I have a long list of emails, projects and un-returned phone calls, so I spend time “finishing up” work instead.
11. True False –I have a hard time saying “no” to people who ask me for help.
12. True False –I’m always exhausted at the end of the day.
13. True False–I don’t keep track of my time.
14. True False–I spend most of my time doing daily routines/tasks and never seem to have time for myself.
15. True False–I usually let my mind wander when I’m doing my job or working on a project.
16. True False–I have difficulty finishing things on time.
17. True False–I’m always late for everything.
18. True False–I feel like I never accomplish anything.
19. True False–I don’t feel like I have time to enjoy my life.
20. True False–I have no idea where the time goes.
21. True False–I spend a lot of my time worrying.
Now total up the columns. Add up all the responses you marked as “True” and all the responses you marked as “False”.
If you had more False than True answers, then Congratulations! You’re well on your way to managing your time. If you had a lot more True than False answers, then you need to become more aware of how you spend your time.
Your assignment this week, if you choose to accept it, is to go through this Time Management Activity again and notice any problem areas. Where do you need to better manage your time? Do you notice any patterns? Are there one or two areas where you always seem to get stuck?
Next time we’ll discuss some specific steps you can take to begin to better manage the time you have so that you have “enough time” to enjoy the life you’ve created.
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