It’s not hard to see I don’t have my crap together. While I try to blame it on not having complete control over my life, I know that’s just excuses and excuses get you nowhere. Most of my days are spent constantly picking up my phone and scrolling through not so endless social media feeds until I get bored and set it down for a second just pick it right back up. This is one of my pet peeves about other people, yet I’m just as addicted as they are.
A week or so ago I watched a YouTube video on one of the few channels I watch. Katherine May makes productivity/organization and life after college video. She walked her viewers through a list of priorities she wrote and then she applied the number of hours she already spent on those priorities and the time she wanted to spend on them. So that’s what I did.
First I put down my top priority which is my education, then wrote four more below it. So it looked something like this:
After that, I decide to look up how many hours were in a week and was blown away. Even after factoring out my sleep cycle, there was still so much time in my week being wasted. That’s when I knew I needed to take the steps to working out what my priorities are so I can make the most of the time I have. Below is the chart I made with the hours divided.
seven day week = 168 hours
sleep = 56 hours
wake = 112
weekend = 32
week = 80
After I finished the chart I assigned a number of hours I wanted to spend every week on each of my priorities.
- Education (15 hours)
- Running/Gym (7 hours)
- Photography (7 hours)
- Blog ( 10.5 hours)
For my top priority I factored in the travel time to the classes I’ll be taking at a local university and the classes themselves. While the number of hours are smaller than I like, I want to work up to twenty hours a week. Photography could also use a couple of hours, but I believe this is a great start and real eye opener. I added my priorities and subtracted that from my weekly total and got this:
priorities = 39.5
extra = 72.5
With all time divided into the things I must do every week, I still ended up with 72.5 hours a week to do whatever I wish to do. That’s a lot of time, especially if you look at people working a jobs for more than 40 hours a week. I’m incredibly lucky to have this free time I don’t plan on taking it for granted in the future.