This week on Episode 148 of the podcast, I sat down with my guest, Tyanna, to talk about the importance of using what time we have to our advantage as much as possible before digging into our bigger goals.
For those of you who have not yet tuned in, Tyanna is a wife to a retired army infantry soldier who is currently going back to school, and she is working to support him in his big dream while raising their daughter.
But here’s the thing: Tyanna also has a dream of her own, but finds herself having to wait before getting started on it.
While we touch on ways we can use our “waiting period” to our advantage during our conversation, this week’s episode also focuses on how we can find hidden pockets of time in our day to work on our goals.
And this is an important idea to touch on because no matter how much time we have to devote toward accomplishing our goals, any step forward is a step in the right direction!
So today, I want to bring my conversation with Tyanna here, to recap some of the ways that we can find those hidden pockets of time.
Because, to me, it’s not about needing more time to chase our dreams. It’s learning how to prioritize the time that we already have.
Let’s get started!
If what we need is more time to focus on our goals, then it’s crucial that we first determine where our time is not well spent from the start.
What do you waste your time on? Think of things that you do, like binge-watching television or scrolling through social media that doesn’t fulfill you at the end of the day.
A great way to figure out where your time is well spent (and where it isn’t) is to do a bit of time-tracking (click the link for a free download!).
Usually, about a week is what I recommend to hone in on those areas of your day that could use some fine-tuning, but even a couple of days will give you a good idea of where to start.
Once you have a handle on where your time is not being well spent, it’s all downhill from there.
I talk about this a little more in the episode this week, but here’s the gist: once you have an idea of where your time is not spent well, you can rid yourself of your time wasters and use that (new) free time to your advantage.
The next step, then, is to bank all of those little areas of free time that you have in your day into more extended periods that will allow you to dive into your goals.
You might be surprised by how much time you can bank together once you stop doing things that don’t fulfill you!
The next step to finding hidden pockets of time is to tap into the bank you’ve created (from the previous step), and block your schedule accordingly.
(Note: a planner is a great way to ensure that you’re blocking your time each week! I encourage you to find one that works for you if you haven’t already.)
Even if you have only uncovered an extra hour in your day or your entire week, it’s crucial not to backslide into wasting it on things that don’t leave you feeling satisfied at the end of your day.
Where can you put that extra hour you’ve uncovered to the best use? Is there a spot in your morning, on Wednesday, let’s say that you could pencil yourself in to do focused work on your goals?
Remember: any step, big or small, toward your dreams is a step in the right direction.
Where have you found hidden pockets of time in YOUR day? Share what methods worked best for you to help you reveal them . . .
And check out Episode 148 of Productivity Paradox this week to hear more about Tyanna’s story, and how she was able to reframe the notion of “wasting time” for the better!