Be Mindful – How counting down the hours left in the day can keep you from procrastinating. Today I watched a Ted.com by Laura Vanderkam, she talks about realizing there are 168 hours in a week and how many most of us waste them. Stop by for immediate access to Free Goal & Progress Workbook and Checklists created to keep you Focused & Successful. photo by Lesly Juarez

Be Mindful – How counting down the hours left in the day can keep you from procrastinating

Today I watched another thought provoking Ted.com talk where speaker Laura Vanderkam talks about how to gain control of your free time. In her speech about time management she talks about realizing there are 168 hours in a week and how many most of us waste them but then turn around and proudly say,

“I am just so busy that I don’t have the time to do the things that I really want to.”

I loved when she said, “saying I don’t have enough time really means it is not a priority.”
How true is this for you? It is spot on for me.

 


I bet if you add up all the mindless TV you watch in a week you could…

write that book
start that business
learn that language
train for that event

I believe that procrastination is truly the silent killer of dreams, at least that is true for me.

A little while after watching this speech I started to think, imagine if I wrote 168 hours on my white board and then deducted the hours I used or wasted, as the time ticked away. Would that encourage me to use my time better? Would it encourage you?

Then I thought about writing the number 24 on a board and counting down the hours that I used along the day, the same idea as above.

Would this inspire me not to watch a movie and sit down here instead and write?

I have always wondered what keeps me from my reaching my full potential as a woman and a writer. Then, the TV calls out to me or I feel guilty if I prefer to write and my family is sitting down to watch a movie.

Just another excuse on my part for if I really wanted my dreams to come true I would stop wasting the days and hours of my life. What will you do with the 168 hours you get this next week or the next 24 hours in this day?

Love & Peace,
Rebecca

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