Written by Susan Karyn Lasky, M.S., BCC, SCAC
There are 24 hours in a day. Subtract time for sleeping (critical for productivity) and other essential activities (household tasks, family/social commitments, personal care, income generating work, etc.). Is there any time left for yourself? Are you always juggling commitments, projects… and guilt?
Give yourself the gift of more time by playing detective and identifying the petty thieves that steal/waste your minutes. Once identified, you can practice self-defense and stop
Most people have an unrealistic sense of how long it takes to do things. To stop operating on a fantasy driven perception of what you do each day and the amount of time you spend at each task, take an honest look at your activities – and your non-activities.
Block out the time you expect to begin each activity, and the amount of time you think it will take.
Include all usual activities: waking up, breakfast, grooming, preparing to leave, commuting, arrival at work, work breaks, evening activities, etc., as well as task-appointments and meetings scheduled for that day.
You may find that although you woke up at 6:30am, as scheduled, you didn’t actually get out of bed until 7:00am, so the amount of time you’ve scheduled to get ready in the morning was unrealistic.
Include any tasks that you didn’t specify. For example, you may realize that although you allotted time for getting dressed, you failed to allow time for deciding what to wear, or for brushing lint or cat hair off your clothing. Or you may have thought it takes you 10 minutes to shower and shave, but it actually takes 20 minutes.
Susan Lasky is a both Board Certified and Senior Certified ADHD Coach.
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