There are a lot of things which make our lives different from one another, but there’s one thing that is common to all of us – we have the same amount of time every day. Whether or not you like Richard Branson, you have to admit that he’s had a measure of success in what he’s chosen to do with his life. How has he done this? By making the best of his 24 hours each day.
I’ve been reflecting on making the best use of my own time. It all began with my growing frustration over my journey to work. The office is 8 miles from home, which doesn’t sound too bad. But when you have to travel across Birmingham at rush hour, it is very time consuming and stressful. It has been known to take me more than two hours. One minor incident on the M6 and the whole city grinds to a halt. So I’ve been experimenting with routes and start times. After a couple of weeks of testing I’ve found that, by shifting my work day by one-and-a-half hours, I can save 45 minutes a day on my commute.
Time for change
This is fantastic. Not only am I saving myself nearly 4 hours a week, but I also have time in the mornings to achieve things before I go out. I arrive at work calmer and with the sense of satisfaction that I have already achieved things before I sit down at my desk.
So, what am I doing with all this extra time? Well, I’m doing a few different things. I’m taking my time over breakfast instead of eating in the car. That means I’m getting a more nutritious start to the day. I’ve also moved my walking to the morning instead of lunchtime. This gets me feeling bright and alert for the rest of the day. And for some reason it seems easier than dragging myself away from my desk at lunch time.
I’m definitely being more productive, both at home and at work.
To use a very tired cliche, it’s a win-win situation.