A couple weeks ago I talked a little about this book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam. One of the things she talks about doing is charting out exactly how you spend your time each week. She actually has an entire book about this, which I need to read.
But, I did this and the results were surprising. Here’s how I my time broke out for a week:
- Sleep: 55 hours
- Work: 40+ hours
- Family Time: 24 hours
- Eating: 13 hours
- Veg Time (Reading, TV, etc): 10 hours
- Class and Study: 11 hours
- Driving: 5 hours
- Workout: 4 hours
- Church: 3 hour
- Getting Ready : 3 hours
The biggest surprise for me was how much less time I spend with my kids (Family time – 24 hours) than I do at work (42 hours). I actually thought that spending Saturday and Sunday with them made up for all of the time at work during the week. What will I do with this information? I’m going to make sure the time I do spend with them is higher quality, to try to make up for the lack of quantity.
I would encourage you to do this to see how you spend your time. Does where you spend your time line up with what you feel is most important in your life? Or are there adjustments you need to make?
To make this easy for you, I have uploaded the spreadsheet I used so that you can update it to match how you spend your time. Click here to download it.
Let me know if you have problems using this. There is a chart on the left to enter what you do in each 30 minute time block. Then, on the right, it will add up the amount of time spent with each activity.