Where focus goes, energy flows.

If you want a sobering insight into where your life is heading then a timechart may be for you.

I came up with this idea one morning as I lay in bed not wanting to get up and finally start my morning excercise regime – in fact I’d had this same case of someday isle for as far back as I can remember.

So, I thought if I log the amount of time I spend on things each day for an entire week it may be the kick I need to get started.

The reality was that it deeply shocked me too.

The amount of time I spent watching television(despite claiming to avoid it) made up the lion’s share of my free time.

Time spent with my wife and newborn son was a shockingly low percentage despite them being the two most important people in my world.

Thanks to the arrival of my son, I spent less time on a number of things through ‘lack of time’ but clearly this was an issue of priorities if television was getting so much of me. (And you should see my TV- it’s an insult to TVs!)

Where was my reading? my work on this blog? my excercise?

Although I have less time (and sleep!) I could switch out activities such as television and still achieve these important tasks.

The bottom line was that I wanted to achieve the things I wanted to achieve,  and spend time with my wife and son.

In reality I was spending most of my time aimlessly checking the internet, watching television and using my time inefficiently so feeling fully occupied without making progress.

Knowing that you spend 6hrs a week checking Facebook versus 25 minutes working on your passion is a warning sign- all that time soon passes (and adds up) and if you don’t address the balance you are sabotaging your own success.

Now that I have had this ‘awakening’ I plan to create periodical timecharts so I can keep tabs on my progress.

I challenge you to keep tabs on your time for one week to see where your energy and focus is being spent- you may be surprised by what you find.

Just a thought