One tool that has been very useful for me and my crazy, busy life is a time budget.  It helps me align my schedule according to the direction I want to go.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Print out two copies of the time budget.
  2. The first copy is to assess how you spend your time in a typical week. Fill it in and be as honest as you can. Include sleep, tv, work, commute, eating, etc.
  3. After it’s completed, review it and ask, “Is this how I want to spend my time in light of my goals and what’s most important in my life?”
  4. Now, take the second copy of the time budget you printed out and schedule a typical week in light of your goals.
  5. As you do this, let me challenge you to take one day a week and chill (Sabbath).
  6. Once it’s completed, stick with it.  (Life happens, so don’t beat yourself up when it does. But do your best to stick to it).
  7. Every once in a while, repeat this exercise. I find I have to do it every couple of months.

You’ve got one life. Make it count. I hope this helps!

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