Do you ever question the worthwhile-ness of an activity, or what you’ll do next, in the next hour or in the next day?
Doing so many things ‘because that is how I run my day’ or ‘I’ve decided those are my tasks today’ without taking time to think-through why I should. Should I spend a half-hour dealing with ‘thinking about’ a five minute task?
If it’s a five minute task done daily, that’s 30.4 hours a year, or stated in golf language, that’s six rounds! Or 30.4 hours of TV golf. Not everyone is a golf fan, but you get my point don’t you?
If I can’t lengthen my life (I still believe I can influence that), I can get more out of it – if I waste less time – save steps, eliminated tasks, improved processes, if I save one hour per day, that’s 365 hours, or 73 rounds of golf. OK, now we’re talking serious time – and a great incentive.
Is there something fantastic you would like to do that takes 365 hours a year? Every year? It seems, if my math is right, as simply as pulling 60 minutes out of every day. Which could be pulling five minutes each out of 12 activities. As I make this argument I am not suggesting we should take away from sleep time, family time, meal time – those are areas we should protect, not-shortchange them.
So, that thing you are doing next – for the morning, or maybe just for the next hour – if you are doing it just once, then do it, enjoy it, finish it, never do it again. But, if what you are doing is something repetitive (exceptions should be things which bring you great joy – don’t shortchange those), then consider whether you can do it as well or better in less time. Even a five minute saving can really add up. Better yet, if it is something unwarranted or that can be done less often, again there could be a huge saving.
I can’t put this saved time in an account to be drawn on later. But, if I can get five years of living squeezed into four, then doesn’t the same logic suggest I can get 30 years of living into 20; or 40 into 30? I know this is ‘new math’ to some and old-hat to few, but I think I’m onto something here …