How much free time should you have

An amazingly simple way to have more free time that works for everyone

But how does this criminal misconduct come about? Most people go to work in the morning and start doing it right away. There is so much to do, you don't want to waste any time. Exemplary, isn't it?

That reminds me of one of my favorite stories:

Imagine wandering through the forest and meeting a man who is struggling to cut a tree. He is tired and his strength has visibly waned.

You ask him sympathetically, "Well, hard work, right?"

"It actually works, only the saw is blunt."

You reply to him: "Then you should sharpen it!"

But the man shakes his head:

“I don't have time to sharpen my saw. I still have to cut seven trees by tonight! ”.

This Stephen R. Covey story sums up the dilemma perfectly. Lots of people work on it without any sense or understanding. They want to get their chores done and not waste time. You could get the same results much faster with just a little brainpower. Because even with a planning of 10 minutes, you can save about 60 minutes a day.

You can get the additional time invested back in no time. You should ask yourself the following questions when planning your week and every morning (you can hear more detailed thoughts on these questions in the podcast episode):

  • Does this really have to be done?
  • Do I really have to do this?
  • Do I have to be there?
  • What is which priority?
  • Does it really matter or is it just made important?
  • How can distances be avoided?
  • How can I get the job done faster in the future?
  • Which tasks can be summarized?
With these simple questions everyone can easily have more free time. You too! Even if you have fixed working hours, there are many tasks and appointments in your private life that you can optimize with a few minutes of planning and thus complete them faster. After reading this text, write down all of your private commitments. You will be amazed how much comes together.
  • Go for a walk with the dog
  • School bread for the children
  • Vacuuming
  • Cooking food
  • Invitation to the board meeting of the association
  • Parents evenings
  • Visit grandma Erna
  • Feed the neighbor's cat
... but be careful! Don't be too frightened as you look at all of your duties. Instead, set an alarm clock for 15 minutes now and plan whether and, if so, how you want to do these tasks in the future. With regular planning, life is more relaxed and you have more free time. Promised!