How to gain control of your free time

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The key to time management is to focus on what matters (to us). Find your priorities and put them first in your schedule. Treat them as if a water pipe broke down at home and you had to fix it quickly. Also, use the tiny bits of time here and there to do things that matter: instead of skimming through instagram or deleting email in the bus, read a book.

Here are a few quotes from the talk.

When I say: “I don’t have time to do X, Y or Z”,
I say: “I don’t do X, Y or Z because it’s not a priority”. Time is a choice.

So, how do we focus on what matters?

  1. Find your goals. For instance, write the best next year performance review you can think of and identify what you can do to get there.
  2. Then breaks these goals into actionable steps. They are your priorities.
  3. Treat your priorities as the equivalent of a broken water pipe: put them first in your schedule. Do this by thinking through your weeks before you’re in them, e.g. friday afternoon the week before.

In a 168 hours week, we can find time for what matters to you.

We don’t even need that much time to do amazing things. But when most of us have bits of time, what do we do? Pull out the phone, start deleting emails. Or watching TV… But small moments can have great power, you can use your bits of time for bits of joy. Maybe it’s choosing to read something wonderful in the bus on the way to work.

I truly believe this: there is time. Even if we’re busy, we have time for what matters. And when we focus on what matters, we can build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.