Free time – you may have more of it than you thought. Download this quick and easy free time calculator spreadsheet to see how much you really have.
But I don’t have time for that!
I’m just as prone to making this excuse as everyone else. We tend to convince ourselves that we just don’t have enough time … to work on a home business, set new fitness goals, homeschool the children, 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.
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.
To make it easier to figure out how much time you actually have, I made a Time Calculator for you that you can download to your computer. 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.
Just open the spreadsheet and you’ll see all the days of the week across the top and then 60 minute time blocks on the 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. You can also switch to 30 minute increments to be more precise, if you prefer.
In each time block, mark all the times you are busy. For example, include time at your job, exercise, family time, church, meal preparation and eating commuting, etc.
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”.
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. It’s a really important first step, though!
Click the image to download – no sign up required.
And do you know what? If you fill this out accurately, and you still don’t have time to do the things that you really want to, maybe something needs to give.
A bit of advice I’ve heard often is that you should make two lists. Make a list of the things that you do every day. Make a list of the things that really matter do you. Do they match up? If they don’t, make some changes.
I’d love to hear in the comments – how did your free time really line up with what you thought it was? Did you see places where you could replace something that doesn’t matter to you with something that does?