Free Time Calculator: How Much Time to Do You Really Have?
Note: I wanted to quickly note that this tool can be helpful if you find you're scrolling through your phone for hours on end - however, times are hard! We're in the middle of a global pandemic and you don't need to hustle 24/7.
Be gentle with yourself. If you're truly unhappy and in a mental space where you can focus on productivity then feel free to use this tool. If you're not in that place, don't worry, you'll get there again when the time is right. <3
If you're like most people though, you've probably convinced yourself that you don't have enough time. Whether it's time to work on your business, set new fitness goals, start a new business or just about anything…we often give up before we even start because we believe it's just not possible to fit in our busy lives. I was there. It's not a great feeling...
Well, the interesting thing is, if you sit down and do the calculations, you'd be surprised at just how much time you really do have. For me, it was amazing to see how many pockets of time I had that I just spent fucking around on my phone (which did nothing but give me a headache) instead of working on making my goals a reality.
To make it easier to figure out how much time you actually have, download my free Time Calculator. It's a simple, but highly effective, spreadsheet that will reveal the time you actually have to work on things you've been putting off. And it will help you identify the time blocks you can use to your benefit each day.
1. Simply open the spreadsheet and you'll see all the days of the week across the top and then 60 minute time blocks on the left side. These time blocks should start from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, so you may need to make adjustments based on your own schedule. You can also switch to 30 minute increments to be more precise, if you prefer.
2. In each time block, mark all the times you are busy. For example, include time at your job, exercise, family time, spiritual matters, meal preparation and eating, commuting, etc.
3. Then for open blocks, write in “1” for each hour block that you have free. If you switch to 30 minute blocks, enter “0.5”.
4. Once you've completed these steps, you'll see how much free time you have each day AND the total free time you have each week.
Of course, this calculation is just the first step in getting more done with your time and reaching those big goals you never though you had time for. From here, you'll need to connect that time to the goals you want to achieve.
Here's an example if you need a visual cue!