Invest in “Time Assessment” Time
You wouldn’t keep spending or investing money without assessing how well things were going every month, quarter or year, and the same thing should apply to your time. How frequently you decide to take stock is up to you—but a good system might be:
- Five minutes a day to make sure you’ve invested time in at least one thing on this list
- 15 minutes a week to review your past week’s schedule and what you wish you had made time for, and what time investment made you happiest
- One hour a month (or two to three hours a season) of quiet time with a journal to assess the past season, how your time felt and how you’d like to invest your time in the coming season—this can pair nicely with the tempo of the period. For example, holidays may mean more family investment time, the new year can be career-focused, summertime may have a big leisure time component, etc.
- One day a year of time alone or with a friend or partner (best if you can physically go somewhere peaceful and different from your daily routine), assessing the past year and where your times and energies went, setting goals for the new year, and whether you are closer to achieving what is truly important to you in life