“I don’t have time.” We have all said it, thought it, and heard it. But is it really true?
A wise friend once told me that we make time for what is most important to us. This is a very powerful point that I revisit every now and again. It takes commitment to self-reflection and honesty with oneself to take a step back and think about how we are really spending our time.
We have 168 hours to spend each week. How do you spend your 168 hours? And ultimately, what is most important to you in this life? This article is intended to encourage each individual to really change the way we think about time.
168 Hours: A Quick Activity That Can Change Your Perception
Estimate how you spend your time each week. Please be honest with yourself and try to estimate everything as best as you can. There is no judgment and no competition. This is for your own benefit. You may learn that you need to readjust things or that you want to give something up or that you want to add activities in.
If some of the activities happen simultaneously (i.e. eating while driving), only count the time once. Please note that the categories factored into this activity are regular, weekly time commitments.
Here are the categories of regular commitments to count:
(showering, grooming, dressing, etc.)
(eating, cooking, baking, getting take out, etc.)
(driving to work and school and back home, driving to other regular commitments)
Chores and Errands
(grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the house, etc.)
(This one is pretty self-explanatory.)
(You can split these up into two different categories, if you prefer. For school, make sure to include your hours in classes and your honest productive studying/working hours. Be as accurate as possible. Do not include time you are distracted by the Internet).
Other categories you can use if they apply to you:
Religious or Spiritual Practice
If you are a new parent, you can add in those hours as well
You may find that you have more time left over than you originally anticipated, or perhaps you have very little time left. If that’s the case, the self reflection part will help you. In other words, are you happy with the way you are spending your time? Are there any healthy changes you can make?