Are You Unbalanced? Try a Time Diary

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Do you feel incomplete at the end of the day, as though you’ve left important things unfinished? Do you wonder where all your time has gone? Is your life as balanced as you’d like it to be? Do you feel as though you’re spending all your time working and not doing anything else?

I think we all feel as though we could use more time, but if you’re continually frustrated because you can’t accomplish the things you want to do, you might be ready to get serious about how you’re spending your time.

First, consider what you want to be doing each day and over the course of the week. Exercising? Writing a novel? *Reading* a novel? Spending more time with your family? Finding a significant other? Taking a class? Learn a language?

How does your time actually spent compared to that list?

If you don’t understand where your time is going, consider keeping a time diary (much like a food diary) for a couple of weeks. Write down everything you do each day (lawyers have to do this for their clients, and they keep their time in 15-minute increments). You might be surprised to see how much time is lost in TV, idle chitchat, or social media. Yes, human relationships are important, but if you’re frustrated because you aren’t reaching your goals, you might need to make some hard decisions.

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Alternatively, you might realize that you’re not really serious about learning Spanish after all, or maybe you don’t really care how fit you are. It’s all good as long as you’re making conscious choices about how you want your life to be.

Is your life balanced the way you want it to be? If not, what adjustments can you make on how you use your time?


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