More time part 1

"We didn’t lose the game, we just ran out of time."
-Vince Lombardi

It seems like there is never enough time. There isn’t enough time in day to get all of the things we want to do, done. There is always one more person to get back to. One more task to check off the list. And forget the big stuff. The dream stuff. Those things we keep saying we are going to do like learn a new language, volunteer consistently, or go back to graduate school. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time. Then what are the folks who seem to be getting it all done doing differently. They get the same 24 hours that we get so what are we doing wrong? Do they get up earlier? Do they stay up later? Statistically no. The most successful folks are often doing fewer things total and sleeping well. The difference comes down to a few things that are totally in our control. The first step is acknowledging that you are in fact in control of your time. Kids or no kids, crazy boss, or not, you are in control of the minutes and the hours that make up your day. I want to dig into this in a couple of parts but today I want you to look at one thing that is probably stealing valuable time from you every day.

Take our your phone and go to settings.

Scroll down to Battery and click on it.

Click on “Last 7 Days”

Then click on the clock icon right next to it.

This will give you a breakdown of how much time you spent in the various apps on your phone. What’s in your top 5?  How much time did you spend on them? I am not talking about music, or podcasts, or The New York Times. I am talking about those time sucking, brain wasting, cortisol raising, serotonin depleting apps. How many hours do you spend on social media? In a year that probably equals fluency in another language or proficiency on a musical instrument. Could you learn to rock climb and crochet in that time the following year? I am proud to say by Facebook time is 24 minutes. I am sad to my Instragram is 2.2 hours. In a month that is over a full workday that I spend looking at very little to move my vision of self forward. What could I do if I reclaimed 9 hours a month? And I bet some of you are just as bad if not worse. So maybe there is enough time in the day if we partition it differently. Maybe we are getting in our own way more than the world is conspiring against us.