32 Tips to Improve Your Health and Fitness
#28 Time Diary
We only have a finite number of hours in the day. How do we make sure to take care of the things that are most important?
Rocks, Pebbles, Sand
Imagine an empty glass jar, this represents our finite amount of time. We can fill this jar with Rocks (our top priorities, i.e. family time, work, health & fitness, faith, friends, etc.), Pebbles (things we enjoy that bring fulfillment and satisfaction, i.e. travel, hobbies, vacation, etc.), and sand (all the things that fill our time and space that are not necessities, i.e. social media, television, video games, etc.).
If we fill the glass jar with sand first, we leave no space for our rocks and pebbles (our top priorities). When we make a plan to prioritize our time, we put in the rocks first, then the pebbles, and we still have some space leftover for some sand.
Prioritizing our time can be as simple as making a time diary. To make a time diary, pick a day each week and plan what your week is going to look like.
Make sure to block out time first for your rocks, the things that are most important. For example if you work Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, block that off. If you exercise 4 days a week from 6am-7am, block that off. If you have family activities planned for the week, block that off.
Great, now we need to put in our pebbles. Block off time for upcoming travel, for your hobbies, block off time for your sleep schedule (what time do you need to be in bed?), for anything that is necessary for you to thrive.
And if you have time leftover, you can fill this with sand! Your favorite T.V. shows, games, etc.
When we make it a priority to prioritize our time, we can spend our time doing what is most important to us. If we fail to plan out our time, we end up with too much sand and not enough of what we need to thrive.
Choose a day (Sunday’s are great for most people) to write out your time diary so you can choose how to spend your time and create the life you want for you and your loved ones!