I started reading, “Take The Stairs” by Rory Vaden a few weeks ago. It has been a slow read just because there is so much information packed into it.
Basically the book is saying to be successful you need to do things others are not willing to do (like take the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator). He takes you through the seven steps to achieving true success and I had to stop off at step five. It is about time management. I waste a ton of time. It is sad really. But that is all about to change.
He suggests a tracking system for your time. So many hours of “fun” time like watching movies, playing on the Internet and watching TV and tracking your exercise, work, family, sleep and more. I am going to give this a shot starting on Monday, March 12th. I have set up a spreadsheet that I can fill out at the end of every day to track my time. I want to be as honest as possible and turn all my “fun” time into productive time in hopes of accomplishing all my dreams.
This is where you come in. I am going to post my time goals. Putting it out there for everyone to see and I will try to post my results weekly as well. You all will keep me accountable. By putting it out there I am making it real. I am going to give myself a month to get adjusted because I am probably clueless as to how much time I really waste. But this is where I am going to start…
Sleep: 7-8 hours per day.
Work: 50 hours each week (40 at my job and 10 around the house cleaning, shopping, laundry whatever).
Faith: 3 hours per week. This can consist of going to church or reading from the Bible or meditation.
Family: 4 hours of family time per week. I know the normal person would have much more than this but I am not married and have no kids. So this will be time with my mom, close friends and my sister’s family when they are in town.
Exercise: Will take 2 walks per day at work (approximately 15 minutes each). Workout with the Kinect exercise games 4 times a week at around 20 minutes each time.
Finance: I have decided I also waste a bunch of money. So, I will track what I spend each day. This doesn’t count bills because those are easily tracked. I am talking about tracking the lunches I might eat out, money spent on my “Doomsday Prepper” items and the money I spend on Bradsdeals.com (I hate Brad and his deals. I have an entire case of toilet paper stored in my garage because I couldn’t pass up how cheap it was).
Fun: 7 hours a week on the Internet and 4 hours of TV/movies/video games per week. I hope to be able to cut this back to 7 hours per week total as a future goal.
Blogging/writing/research: 6 hours a week. If I can cut the fun time down by 4 hours I would like to add those hours here.
I think that pretty much covers everything. Feel free to send e-mails, post comments or heckle me if you see me out on the street. This probably sounds pretty crazy I know but I have a strong desire to do something with my life and 6 hours a night on Facebook is getting me nowhere fast.