Most people seem pressed for time. Are you?

The reality is that we all have a 24/7/365 schedule for X number of years, before life ends.

So instead of fighting this reality, what if we could embrace it, and make time our best friend? What could change with this new perspective?

I encourage you to watch the above video interview where I chat with Chris Cummins, author of Choose Fear, on managing time, not having to-do lists, and in general rethinking time.

It all starts with having a clear sense of purpose for your life, and clear short and medium term goals. With this context in mind, here’s what I would recommend trying.

  1. At the start of each week, review your monthly plan, and plan out your week so that you spend as much time as possible on those items that keep you on purpose and are tied to your life goals.
  2. Set-up a color-coded weekly schedule so you can ensure a balanced week. Google Calendar, MS Outlook or other such calendars are amazing tools.
  3. At the start of the year, block off recurring items such as exercise, sleep, meditation, major celebratory events, vacations that can be planned ahead, and anything else really important to you.
  4. Each week, identify the remaining time you have available, and divide up your week with activities aimed at the outcomes you have outlined in the monthly plan you developed.
  5. Schedule at least one twenty-four-hour period each week with no work (two full days would be even better!)—no work calls, no e-mail, no meetings, and no cell phone pick-up unless it’s personal/family. This will give you the freedom to think creatively, something that is often difficult to achieve when in the midst of carrying out activities. Need proof? Think of the last time you had a great idea at your desk versus while on vacation, on a walk, during a brainstorming session, etc.
  6. Focus on the most difficult or unpleasant task or outcome first. Things rarely take as long as one thinks, or turn out as badly as one imagines. But the energy from accomplishing something difficult early in the day will charge you up for the rest of the day.
  7. Focus on achieving only two or three key outcomes per day. Schedule these chunks of time into your calendar so you are spending time on the really important things in your life – on a work day or otherwise.

This way of organizing your week might sound radical. With your daily pressures, this approach may seem difficult at first. But if you persevere, you will eventually find that you lead a calm, on-purpose, BALANCED life; that you achieve much, much more; that you enjoy each week; and that your energy actually increases exponentially.