I like to make resolutions. Some years I make really involved sets of them, and some years I forget all about the process until halfway through January, but this year I thought it might behoove me to think through my goals for 2011 before the holiday season gets into full swing. To that end, today I’m focusing my resolution prep on time.
I loved Crystal‘s recent series on time management, in which she compares time to money – you have to budget your money so that it doesn’t run away from you, and likewise you have to budget your time so that you get the most out of it and spend it in fulfilling ways rather than wasting it. I’d highly recommend the series.
I also read a great book that I think I heard of on Crystal’s Facebook page (I’m such a groupie!) called The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose. I have to tell you that I did not come away from reading this book with a plan for creating new streams of wealth for my family. Maybe you will. What did impress me was the concept of maximizing your free time.
The author posits that if you spend 8 hours sleeping and 8 hours working, you still have 8 hours of free time to pursue your dreams and do something creative to build wealth (since people who get really wealthy by means other than inheritance generally do so by inventing or creating something, not from their 9-5 wages). As a full-time mom, I don’t actually have 8 hours of free time in a day, but I do usually have 4-5 hours when I’m awake and the kids are not and I have to admit that I do not always maximize those hours to achieve my dreams. The Other 8 Hours helped me get a better handle on how to schedule, limit, and prioritize what I can handle in my free time, which I thought was really helpful.
This is what it boils down to:
A full calendar doesn’t equal a full life.
We can be busy and running around in a thousand different directions, but if we’re not in our best zone of calling, goals, and capabilities, we’re just wasting time and will only be run ragged. I appreciated the challenge to think deeply about how I’m spending my time.
If you’re ready to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions and feel like how you spend your time is an issue you need to resolve, you might really enjoy this book and the time management series on Money Saving Mom. Even if you’re not into resolutions, you still might find the book to be a helpful resource.
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