I would argue that time is the ultimate gauge of organization. It can make us feel like everything is in order or it can make everything feel like complete chaos. As part of my ongoing happiness project I have focused on time. Focusing mostly on my time and how I spend it. Being on time. And making sure I’m sharing my time with the people I love the most. It’s about controlling my time and to stop making excuses about how I don’t have time for this or that.
In Gretchen Rubin’s book “Happiness at Home” she points out that, “a feeling of control is a very important aspect of happiness…” When we have our world in order and the things we can control, seemingly under control everything seems to run smoother and we feel as though we have more time.
How can you feel in control when you are always 15 minutes late to meetings, events or dinner dates? How powerful does it feel when you forget an appointment and you have to call and apologize or even worse they call you to see what happened. How much money do you spend on extra fees paying bills late?
Being more conscious of your time and where it’s being spent will give you a jumping off point. Spend one week writing down everything you do and how long it takes. Seriously. Be diligent for one week.
After that one week sit down and take a look. How long did it really take to get ready in the morning? How long is the commute to work, with traffic? Did you get in your workouts? How much time are you spending with your family?
Now put together a more realistic calendar for yourself. Give yourself the proper amount of time in the morning so you don’t have to rush, forcing yourself to do your makeup in the car while weaving in and out of traffic. Figure out where you can spare 30 minutes a day for exercise. Plan time to spend with your family. Fill your time with the things that make you happy and you will find, you have more time.
One thing we all do that Rubin calls out in her book is, “…live in the naive notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past…”
Don’t put off the things you love for menial busy work or obligations and activities that aren’t fulfilling. Take control of your time, live in the stop and stop putting it off for tomorrow.
Take control of your time and the rest will fall into place.