Find More Time For What Matters In Your Life

Find More Time!

find more timeThat was my heartfelt response to one of “those” posts designed to increase Facebook engagement.

ALL I could think of was that I need to find more time in my day to make my life better.

When I looked at other people's problems, how lucky am I that my need for a few extra hours in the day was my biggest problem.

Still, it got me thinking, so I turned for inspiration to two sources:

Why Do I Need To Find More Time?

You'll probably laugh ask: “Who doesn't need to find more time in their day?”

Well – for a start, lonely people often find time just dragging by.

But assuming you're lucky enough to have a full and busy life, like I do, you'd probably welcome an extra few hours in your day. I certainly would, and here are 3 very broad categories I would spend those extra hours in.

  • My relationships with family and friends
  • My online business
  • Myself: busy entrepreneurs often forget they need “me-time”

I cribbed those from Laura Vanderkam, as you'll realize when you watch her TED talk video, below!

Making Good Time Choices

You've probably had the experience that if an emergency crops up, you just have to find more time in your life to fix it. So often, finding more time, is just a matter of setting the right priorities.

Only YOU can decide what your current priority is. Is it?

  • Watching TV?
  • Spending time reading with your child?
  • Finding a few minutes every day to work on your online business?

NO judgements there…. the choice is entirely down to you, and will vary according to what stage of your life you're in. My time priorities are very different now than 5 and 15 years ago.

Looking back, I often made poor time choices, but hey, I am where I am. No going back…. only going forward.

Changing Time Priorities

I'll be honest, towards the end of 2016, my priorities had changed very much in favour of me-time. (Family and friends will always out-rank the other two.)

Having a successful online business had lost its urgency – purely because it seemed an impossible, time-sucking dream.

Which leads me neatly into Laura Vanderkam's TED talk “How to gain control of your free time”. It won't take you long to watch it – and it will be time well spent.

Who Is Laura Vanderkam

Laura is a time management consultant, and right away she sets the entertaining tone of the talk by admitting she was late to give her own lecture on time management.

Spare about ten minutes to watch this great video. There's much more covered than I have discussed above!

Then please share your thoughts in the comments below.

How Do You Save Time In Your Business?

Over to you. What are the worst time drains in your business?

Or, more positively, please tell us how you find more time in your life and how you will enjoy spending it.

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Robin Khokhar - January 17, 2017

Hi Joy,
It’s really a joy to read your post always. And even this time saving post is really good and was worth reading.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day.

    Joy - January 20, 2017

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks – I think what I really want to get across is how my changed priorities have let me save time 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sammy Blackmore - January 20, 2017

I also have my personal online biz and most of my “free time” is on it. I used to utilise all social media platforms, until I realised that I shouldn’t be chasing clients in all platforms. Now, I’m only using 2 mediums, Facebook and LinkedIn. Even if there are several trending platforms like Snapchat nowadays, I ditched it. That gave me more time for myself, and surprisingly, I’m now getting more traction just by using 2 platforms.

    Joy - January 20, 2017

    Hi Sammy,

    I think that’s a really important point. It’s nigh on impossible for a “one-man band” to keep up with all the social media marketing opportunities. Far better to focus.

    By the way, I had to rescue you comment from the “bin” because it didn’t have a gravatar. It’s really simple to get one and can reduce the chances of your comments being missed 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Ravi Chahar - January 20, 2017

Hey Joy,

Just like you, I always think about the time management and about my priorities.

Running an online business consumes all the time and we don’t give much time to our family and friends.

I am happy for your success in TPS and how you manage it with your family.

Maybe I should reschedule everything.
Thanks for the article.

    Joy - January 23, 2017

    Hi Ravi,

    Finding time for business plus family, friend and “me!” is a constant battle – which is why I have been re-evaluating my priorities. I hope the tips on finding extra time, in my ebook, the post and the video, will help time-pressured part-time Internet Marketers like me.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - January 22, 2017

Hi Joy

I see that you have found cool ways to save time by joining a business that is able to achieve your dreams. It is always a pleasure to read your posts aand I love the TED video by Laura.

Thanks so much for the post and take care

    Joy - January 23, 2017

    Hi Ikechi,
    Yes, that’s right. As a part-time online marketer, producing all my own marketing materials was just too time-consuming. AND I didn’t enjoy that side of it. So it’s been a relief to hand it over to “head office” and a support team who can produce a much more professional job than I can.
    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Edward Thorpe - January 23, 2017

Hi Joy,

Love how you’re so transparent about your online efforts. Also happy this is your year for, well, Y.O.U. And, for your family.

The Ted talk was OK. She could’ve done it under 2 minutes, though. 😉
Have a great week,

    Joy - January 23, 2017

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    HAHA – LOVE your own time-saving tip. Cut the video down to 2 minutes.

    You know…. this is why I so rarely watch online videos – despite how everyone says how wonderful they are for SEO and getting your brand across. They’re just such a time drain!

    Having said that, I DO enjoy the TED Talks and often treat myself to a ten minute break for a cuppa and a TED talk. But most of the folk jumping on Facebook Live every five mins to share their home-spun philosophy just leave me cold. Hopefully the fashion will fade away as the novelty wears off.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Lesly Federici - January 23, 2017

Hi Joy,
Everyone has the same amount of time. Time can not be managed, only what I choose to focus on. I find many people spin ideas, dreams, activities in their minds and don’t act on them leaving them thinking they don’t have time. What one imagines is never what reality is. I think people need to live more in reality, use a timer to stay on track, and stop thinking so much … lol just discoveries from teaching for many years and observing what people do – including myself .. wonderful to visit you 🙂

    Joy - January 23, 2017

    Hi Lesly

    Now that’s a smart point you make. Time management is actually a misnomer – it’s self-management we should aim for!

    I OUGHT to try the timer idea – especially on my blog posts – but I’m such a perfectionist I just go on and on tweaking anything I do until it’s the best it can be.

    Imperfect action beats perfected plans and ideas any day.

    Lovely to see you here again. Thanks for your visit,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - January 24, 2017

Hey Joy,

Glad to read your interesting post and you always comes with fresh and healthy topic to enhance our experience. We should to organize ourself in priority to manage time for various work.

Setting out to succeed with our own business requires managing time well. If not done properly, not only will we waste time and not efficiently achieve our goals, but we may also find ourself losing clients, money, and possibly even the business, itself. Developing an overall plan of action will aid us in achieving our goals. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy information with us.

With best regards,

Amar kumar

Lydia - January 27, 2017

Hi Joy, for me making better use of my time and being more productive meant surrendering to the idea of outsourcing also restructuring how and when I did certain task since becoming a caregiver for my mom. Thanks for this post very helpful.

    Joy - February 4, 2017

    Hi Lydia,

    Outsourcing is very much recommended for people in our situation – and especially for you as a caregiver.

    I must confess I haven’t yet been able to summon up the courage (or found the right person) to pass over some control in my business.

    I have addressed my own time shortage by promoting a duplicatable business and letting my team run their own independent business – but with my support where needed, and obviously support of head office too – because there are so many areas I have no expertise in that I’ve completely abandoned the idea of a “do-it-yourself” business!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Mi Muba - January 27, 2017

Hi Joy

Time os money but could waste a lot of our money if we can’t utilize it for our and our business growth.

It is well said that there is no compensation of our wasted time but we can manage the one that is in our hand by rationalizing our work life balance.

What is the use of that money which we can’t use to enjoy our life and what the hell is such life if we don’t have money to enjoy it.

So keeping good balance between our professional and personal life is must to enjoy both aspects of our life.

Thanks for sharing such an engaging post that really is the need of time.

Happy weekend

    Joy - January 27, 2017

    Hi Mi Muba

    Welcome back to my blog.

    You raise a good point about wasting time and money. There’s no point in saving time or money, only to waste it on something stupid. Of course, what one person thinks of as a stupid waste, may be someone else’s longed for “thing or experience”. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

    Yes, balance is the key as always.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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