In the last blog post, I introduced the idea of keeping a time log for a few days. It will make you more aware of how you’re spending your time and it will also find what your biggest time sucks are. For most of us, it includes hitting the snooze button a few different times, social media (big time suck), playing on our phones, watching YouTube videos, and binging on some favorite TV shows.
Go through your time log and think back on what you’ve done during the “free time” of your day. This “free time” would be any time you didn’t spend working, sleeping, doing chores around the house, or anything else that made it on your calendar. Where are you wasting your time? Start making a list. Writing them down is the first step towards admitting this is what you’re doing and so, starting to make a change.
This is only the first step. You already know that you don’t plan to spend so much time on social media or playing on your phone. You know you don’t aim to spend all evening watching TV. They are now your habits. They are easy to do. We don’t have to think. We don’t have to spend mental or physical energy. We do these things on autopilot and now, it’s time to make a change. How else are we going to find the time for everything we actually want to do?
Ok, let’s start with that list. Keep it close to you (maybe have it on your phone) and use it to catch yourself when you start to slip into one of your big time sucks. Getting rid of the temptation in the first place is another option. Delete that game or app from your phone and install an app on your browser that blocks you from the sites that suck your time away. Don’t panic. If you choose to include these apps and website back in your life, you can. Think of it as a little break to help you get over your bad time sucking-habits and get back control.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Steve Jobs #venuswarriors
One of the best ways to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new, better one. Pick something you want to do instead of the bad habit you’re replacing. Here is an example: you can go take a walk after dinner instead of plopping down on the couch to watch your favorite shows. Make it a habit to go for the walk first!Start working on ONE better habit at a time. Then move on to something else. Keep your list of what you want to stop doing and what you want to start doing handy and check the items off that you’ve accomplished. It will keep you motivated to keep going and continue to take control of your time.
One of the best ways to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new, better one. Pick something you want to do instead of the bad habit you’re replacing.