SMART Goals: Finding Time


As you may know, life just seems to keep getting busier and busier the older you get. More responsibilities and that. Right now, I’ve got so much to fit into my day, I don’t even know how to do it. I desperately need to find a SMARTer way of working. Here’s what I need to be doing and the time I need to do it, from the bare minimum to the ideal.

  • Studying for my MA at university: 2-4 hours daily
  • Studying foreign languages: 30 minutes – 3.5 hours daily
  • Studying driving theory on the DVLA app: 1-2 hours daily
  • Housework and chores / errands: 1-2 hours daily
  • Blogging: 1-2 hours daily
  • More serious creative writing, including books, scripts, and comics: 1.5 – 3.5 hours daily
  • Working out / training: 30 minutes – 3 hours daily

I will go into more detail about the times given above in a soon-to-come post [link forthcoming]. But just trust me: plenty of experience of getting, and not getting!, results combined with twenty-first century super science, a.k.a. asking the oracle Google, is how I come to these conclusions. Believe me: I’ve gone through the figures!

Now, I make that 7.5 hours bare minimum to an ideal amount of 20 hours a day! And I haven’t even talked about equally crucial stuff like:

  • Spending quality time with my wife
  • Occasionally seeing friends
  • Looking after the dog
  • … and, y’know, down-time! Netflix, reading a book, lying on my back looking at the faces in the clouds.

Something’s gotta give way. Probably the whole poorly balanced edifice! And that isn’t an option!

So my goal: to come up with better ways of finding time and being more efficient in order to cram everything in but without sacrificing quality or my mindly health! And that’s what I’ll be talking about in this series of posts.

© 2016 Bryan A. J. Parry

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