Let’s Make a Time Budget!

You probably have heard about how to correctly make a financial budget. The first step is to track where your money is actually going. Then, you take what you have (your income), and make a plan to tell your money where to go.

The same can be done with your time, but this difference with time is that we all have the same amount of it… 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, and 52 of those weeks per year. If we are purposeful and intentional with it, we can do a lot with that time. Or we can choose to just let life happen and waste our time. It’s really up to us to make that decision.

The first step with making a time budget would be to track where your time is actually going. You can use my Time-Tracking Resource to do that. Print multiple copies so that you can do this over the course of a week for best results, as every day of your week may look differently. This will give you a clearer picture of how you are actually spending your time.

My Time Budgeting Worksheet will help you take the next step. Imagine that I am handing you 24 one-dollar bills. Each of these dollar bills will represent an hour in your day. Now, make a budget with that. Automatically, you’re probably going to devote 6-9 of these bills, or hours, to sleep, and maybe 1 hour to your daily quiet time. What will you do with the rest of the time you are allotted? Maybe you don’t need a full hour for something? I’ve given you space to divide up some of your hours by 30 and 15-minute increments. Just remember to cross out one of the “hours” at the top if you do that, because you only get 24 hours in a day – just like the rest of us. 😉

I’d love to know how this works for you! Let me know how you were enlightened by the way you have been spending your time or how you make a plan to spend it more wisely in the future.

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Just like you budget your money and “tell it where to go”, you can do the same thing with your Time using this FREE, Printable Worksheet! 

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    Track Where Your Time is Going (with FREE Printable!)

    In a financial budget when you are trying to evaluate whether or not you have “room in the budget” to add something new, what do you do? You might take time to look and see where your money is actually going to be sure your budget is accurate or if changes need to be made.

    The same can be done with our time. The only difference here is that all of have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. I’ve also created a worksheet for you to create a a “Time Budget“, but it’s important to see “where our time is actually going” before we can tell it where we want it to go. Make sense?

    So I’ve created a Daily Time Tracker for you. Print as many copies as you need as each of your days may look a little different, depending on your obligations. It’s important to write down what you are ACTUALLY doing during that time, not what you usually do or want to be doing.

    You may be surprised to find some extra margin time in there to do something you really love – the time you spent perusing Facebook or watching a T.V. show, perhaps? I know that when I first did this, I was surprised to see how much multi-tasking I was doing when I had to write in many many tasks on a line and even scribble things in the margins of the page. It really gave me a detailed view of how I was spending my time, and I’ve been able to make some changes to it so that I’m spending my time more wisely now. I hope you will be enlightened by this as well. Go ahead an do it for a week so that you can have an accurate view when you get ready to work on your Time Budgets soon.

    Get your FREE Daily Time Tracker! 

    We all have the same 24 hours, but it’s important that we can see “Where our Time is Actually Going” so that we can be strategic in “Telling it Where to Go.” This FREE Time Tracker will help you to do just that! 

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