How much available time is there in your weekday?
Time-Crunched levels increase with your situation!
In our previous articles we learned that about 50% of adults are Time-Crunched frequently and that the time-crunched situation often leads to stress. The occurrence of not getting everything done that we feel we should is especially seen in certain groups including those that work and who have young children. Understanding the daily time challenge is a great starting point for finding out how we can progress in out lives utilizing the Seven Steps to Time-Crunched Freedom. The worker in the photo appears to have a fulfilling job and is making an impact, but the odds are that not everything that she needs to get done will get accomplished today!
By simply modeling a weekday of various groups, we can begin to understand the challenges. Each life and schedule is different, but by estimating times and remaining consistent, we can see the impact for different situations. Also, we can begin to see where major time is being spent.
Available Time for a Single Adult with No Kids or Job
The single adult with no kids and no job. Sleep is set at 8 hours and eating, e-mails, etc. take 4.5 hours per day. The result is there is quite a bit of available time at 11.5 hours for everything else. This situation is very rare, though, since without work there won’t be much money.
Available Time for a Single with Job & Commute
Then we include work time at 8 hours, and daily transit time at 1 hour, drastically reducing our net available time to 2.5 hours.
Available Time for a Married person with 1 Job & Commute
But if we take that same single worker and divide some of the tasks to the spouse, we can free time to 5 hours.
Available Time for a Single Parent with Job, Commute & young kids
Add children to the mix of the single parent scenario at 4 hours per day of bathing, dressing, games, homework, etc. and the single parent is out of time totally. Actually the schedule is 2 hours bankrupt, meaning something has to give – such as rest. There is no time for anything else the parent will be tired, frustrated, and have no personal free time until the weekend.
The small % available of your WAKE TIME can be shocking!
If we look at the above situations over the 16 hours of wake time, we can chart the % of wake time we have. The chart below looks at 6 scenarios as a % of wake time. We can see that work and commuting really cuts into the time, and adding children puts us up to 12.5% in the hole.
The Hope – “Five W’s plus a critical H”!
So what can we do to reduce the time crunch? What becomes immediately obvious is that every situation is different. The fact is there are simple proven principles available that can be applied to put things back in balance. We have all seen the oversimplified suggestions of scheduling, prioritizing, focusing, etc. but those each attack only a small part of the problem. The real solution lies in the broad application of Simple Concepts that have Powerful Results on your unique situation, allowing you to Achieve More – Serve More – and Enjoy More.
These concepts will cover the 6 critical questions: WHO? – WHAT? – WHEN? – WHERE? – WHY? and HOW?
We are all unique, but our Time-Crunched challenges are similar. Some situations are really challenging and will take some work to get to a level of stability. We will be discussing those concepts in the context of 3 Phases and 7 Steps to Time-Crunched Freedom. I invite you to follow along and to participate in the conversation.
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