Do you know someone who gets more than 24-hours each day?
Till Mr. Musk doesn’t get us to the Planet Mars, unfortunately, the answer is NO.
(PS: On Mars too, you are going to get just 40-minutes extra)
If you entered 2021 with no fresh goals or a lot of fresh goals and are skeptical about the success of them, start doing this one thing.
START REPURPOSING YOUR TIME.
Repurposing means, to replace “unproductive” time with “active” or “Alive” time.
When you think about repurposing, you need to think out of the box. Be unconventional.
You have to set yourself up for something new. Because, if your mind had anything to offer, it could have offered you by now.
- Because we all have a limited time on this planet.
- If you are not making your life large, who else will?
- If you don’t respect your time, who will?
- Because nothing is more important than time.
- Because repurpose is simpler than adding additional time to your life.
- If you change your life, you can impact the lives of others as well.
Repurposing time will shift your focus from “Self.” When you receive more money than you need, you tend to open your mind and hands for others. The same is true for time too.
Add time to your life, and then add life to other’s lives. Initiate a chain reaction that eventually will come back to you.
From where to start?
Self-awareness is always the key to bring in any change in perspective.
To add more wealth to your life, you need to be aware of your current income and expend. Similarly, know your current time spend, which will help you repurpose a lot of it.
Start by targeting:
- Your television time.
- Your social media time.
- Your e-mail time spend.
- Your “I am busy” time.
- NEWS time.
- “Corridor” chats.
What else to be done for creating self-awareness?
- Track your mobile screen time by installing a mobile usage tracker. Awareness is the key to correct.
- Create a 168-Hours tracker for yourself — track your time spend for the next seven days. Bucket the time spends into relatable categories and then see where you can make improvements. I use the following buckets — Self (Writing, Reading, Physical exercises, Meditation), Family, Work, Meals, Daily chores, and Rest (Sleep and Naps).
- Bring in small changes. Don’t target big shifts in your lifestyle. Too much too soon — key to failure.
- Involve enough people in your pursuit. Communicate properly. Otherwise, others can become a big reason for your efforts to derail.
- Offer yourself alternatives — Online courses, books, a new hobby, a new language, physical exercises, cooking, writing, journaling, etc. If you have alternatives, repurposing becomes easy.
- Relook your sleep time — Sleep is medicine. Don’t just “Rest,” instead “Sleep.” When the quality of your sleep improves, the rest of the day results in more productivity. Repurpose some time towards sleep.
At the Workplace
- If you are spending a lot of time sitting in front of your laptop, waiting for when the next e-mail will arrive — rather keep a few books on your desk and flip through some pages.
- Say No to “recurring” meetings or meetings where you are not required to participate. Repurpose that time to learn something new.
- Use smartphone “Smartly.” Don’t let the device control your time. Hit back. Take ownership of your life and time.
- Don’t suffer from “screen stare” syndrome. Take a walk instead.
- Have a smart to-do list—at least top five items for the day. Self-reminders help you convert the tasks on priority.
At Home and Self-time
- If you are waiting in a queue, read. Don’t scroll social media.
- If you are standing and talking to someone, do a few calf raises. A few seconds of exercise will go a long way.
- Subscribe to audiobooks — it can help you repurpose the DEAD time. Listen to them while you drive.
- Watch television shows which add value to your life. Drop everything else.
- Have more meaningful conversations with your family members. Life is too short to ignore these social connections (I am still working on this one.)
- Start looking at household chores as meditation. This is the time when your mind is not wandering off. Placing dishes in the dishwasher, taking out clothes from the washing machine, cleaning the almirah; these all are relaxing.
Start repurposing a few minutes. Replace 5-minutes of Dead time with Alive time each day. And then keep growing this bucket.
We all wake up to 1,440 minutes in our pockets. How and where we spend this money makes all the difference. (Cliche — I know, but it was important to write the next line!
If your investment is giving you better returns than others, you will stay ahead in the race.
If you are spending on DEAD time, then don’t expect to get back LIVE returns.
Repurposing your time will add a lot of productive hours to your daily routine.
Nishith is a Marathoner, an avid reader, author, YouTuber, Podcaster, a diarist, a personal transformation coach, and creator of a unique self-transformation platform — “Be Better Bit-By-Bit.”