I’ll give you a hint- the answer is not 24. Take my day today for example. I woke up at 6am to in order to make it to a business meeting on the other side of the country by 9am. The meeting went until midday, at which time there was a 30 second break and lunch arrived. The meeting then continued through lunch until about 3pm. Then we went to a different office. And had another meeting. This meeting went on until about 5pm. Finally, we set off on our way back up to sunny Milton Keynes whilst discussing the key results of the day all the while. We arrived at 7pm which was coincidentally, exactly the same time as the team meal was beginning. The meal was enjoyed by all until about 9pm. I then went to buy some groceries, and finally proceeded to my residence. Long day. Really great day. But loooong.
Now typically, I would arrive home between 5pm and 6pm. I’d do a bit of my own work, have some food, write my blog post, and then do more adminy/planningy/worky stuff until about 11pm (this is the part of the day that I look forward to most). Then I’d go to sleep.
(You may see where I am going with this…) Today when I got home, I happened to have some time-critical admin stuff to be done, along with maintaining my infallible daily blogging activities. Obviously I’m now about halfway through writing my post, however I still have the aforementioned admin stuff to do.
The solution? Make more time in the day.
In this case, that means cutting out some sleep. If I end up cutting out an unrealistic amount of sleep, then I need to make time in other places; maybe skip lunch break tomorrow, or don’t bother with a shower in the morning. And it may seem unpleasant or nasty, but there is no excuse. If you need to get something done, just put a shift in and get it done. No excuses.
But how is this always possible Dan? What if I can’t rearrange? Then perhaps you don’t care enough about one or more of the things you are trying to fit in. Yes, I know. Another damning blanket statement from me. But it’s true. Because if you do care enough, then you will always find time. You know how I know?
Because there are as many hours in every day as you want there to be.