“Make” Time by Being Aware of How You Spend It

In the last post we covered becoming aware of your time. This will actually allow you to “make” time.

The key to finding enough time in your day for everything you want to do is to become more aware of how you spent it. Easier said than done, isn’t it? How often do you find yourself opening your laptop to quickly check something, only to find that two hours passed as you went down a social media rabbit hole? No one really says, “I’m going to watch kitten videos for half an hour!”, but it happens. The problem is: this is time you won’t get back.



Time is our most precious resource. We can’t actually make more of it. All we can do is spend it wisely on what’s really important to us. To make sure that happens, I recommend you keep a time log for a few days.



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Grab a notebook and pen that you can take with you wherever you go. Set an alert on your phone to go off every 30 minutes to an hour and then write down how you’ve spent your time. Don’t judge! Don’t edit!

If you’ve scrolled through Facebook for the past half an hour, write it down. Keep this up for all your waking hours for a few days.

Time is our most precious resource. We can’t actually make more of it. All we can do is spend it wisely on what’s really important to us

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The simple act of having to write it down and interrupting yourself periodically throughout the day to check in will help you be more aware of how you spent your time.


It’s much harder to get sucked into a Netflix binge, or mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and playing your favorite game when you have to report it. It makes you stop and think: “Is this really how I want to spend my time right now?”


If you do, go for it. The point is keeping this time journal gives you awareness, and through it, control of how you’re spending your time.

It also effectively teaches you that you can “make” time for what you want to do. Scheduling time for people, activities, and things that are important to you is helpful. Your schedule or calendar should be part of your time log. As you start to become more aware of how you spend your waking hours, you’ll be surprised that there’s plenty of time left for what you actually want to do once you stop doing things “just because.”

Give it a try for a week and then set aside a little time to study your time log. Did you find a trend? Do you see where you could recover more time on a regular basis? Often, we get in habits that we continue to do without thinking. If you want to find time to get back into reading, your time log may show you that you spent 30 minutes each morning on your phone while you wake up and drink your coffee. That’s half an hour every morning you could spend reading! You have to change your habit. Find three or four habits that you can tweak and work for your advantage. Before long, you’ll have more time for all the things you enjoy but thought you had no time to do.

Let me know in the comments how you found yourself spending your time. Was this a bit eye opening for you?

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