Making Time For Your Dreams

I am deviating slightly from our traditional blog posts about legal topics. Let’s talk about something a little more… personal.

Dreams.

Having them. Pursuing them. And, inevitably, trying to make time for them.

To those of you who are entrepreneurs or business owners, I congratulate you. You have strayed from the beaten path, and chosen to forge your own way through rather than follow others.

To the influencers, I admire you. You are attempting to break into one of the most competitive and innovative industries of our time.

To the employees, you are hard workers and your dreams may still be only in the planning stage. Perhaps you haven’t even said it out loud yet.

We all have dreams. Some of us may be working on them, some of us may not be ready yet. But no matter which stage you find yourself at, it can hard to find the time to dedicate to our passions and dreams— the stuff that truly makes us happy.

As finding time is such a common problem these days, I want to give you a few simple tips to help you out, whether it’s working on your side-hustle, monetizing your blog or simply getting ripped at the gym.

Golden rule of productivity = plan for your week before you’re in it.

I’m going to take you through 4 steps to help you find the time you need.

(You might want a calculator for this, and maybe an agenda or a pen and paper)

STEP 1

First thing’s first, we need  to calculate how much time you actually have right now.

There are 168 hours in a week.

But of course there are variables, like a typical day job, exercising, or sleeping binge-watching-Netflix.

To find out how much extra time you have, we’ll subtract sleep and work. Let’s say you sleep 8 hours a night and work 8 hours a day; that means you spend 40 hrs/wk working and 56 hrs/wk sleeping.  Of course, if you’re unemployed, only subtract your sleeping hours. If you’re student, make sure to subtract your class hours as well.

TOTAL HOURS/WEEK   –   TOTAL WORK HOURS/WEEK  –   TOTAL SLEEP HOURS/WEEK

168                             –                          40                                     –                  56

This gives you 72 hours of pure time every week.

That number is your base number and will be different for everyone.

STEP 2

Grab your pen and paper and right down the number of hours you have of non-office, non-sleeping time, whether it’s 72 hours or otherwise. We’ll call it your magic number.

NOW, decide how much of that magic number you need to dedicate to other routine necessities. For example, if you spend an hour prepping/eating dinner every day, add that in. If you have to drive or pick up your kids/partners, add that in. Also add the amount of time you take from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you’re washed, brushed, fed and ready to start the day. Take this step as an opportunity to maybe rethink how much time you spend on certain things. For example, you may not need to do your makeup everyday, or check your Instagram/Facebook first think in the morning.

Once you’ve allotted time chunks to your routine things, calculate your new magic number by subtracting them from your original magic number.

 

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Step 3

Now you can see how much time per week you actually have. Step 3 is all about PRIORITIZING.

Ask yourself: what do I want to work on in my life? What’s important? You can get creative here, like mixing up some longer term goals with some short-term ones.

Once you’ve determined a few things you absolutely want to do, all that’s left is to allocate chunks of time to each element.

Step 4 – Make it real

Now that you’ve decided what’s important and how you will spend your time, you’re going want to pencil it in.

Open google calendar on your laptop (you should have it if you have a gmail account) and while you’re at it, download the app on your phone so that your calendar is accessible with you everywhere you go. Google calendar sends you notifications on your phone to remind of what you should be doing, so it’s really helpful to have the app.

You can also colour code your calendar in Google (mine’s all pink and purple lol).

Schedule in your sleep,  your office hours and any routine tasks. Then schedule the rest, starting with time for your passions, and then marking leftover time as leisure.

Finally, each week will be different, so find time to plan on the Sunday before the week hits you. When you’re making the calendar, you can set the routine activities so that they repeat every week at the same time. If you’re a lazy like me, Google also has a feature on the app where the calendar will actually find time for you in your schedule for whatever you want to do.

The benefit of using a calendar like this allows is that you can take control of your time. It won’t just fly by while you’re scrolling through Instagram, playing HQ or watching TV.

I kind of have a YOLO motto going on. Make the most out of your day and go after what you really want in life! Remember, you have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé. So if you want to the next big influencer, athlete, baker or law firm owner, make the time and commit.

And when you do decide to get started on our business, don’t forget to consult a lawyer.

Author: Catherine Nadeau Mijal

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