If you find yourself frequently complaining about how “time flies,” perhaps it’s time to find out just where those minutes, hours, days and years are flying off to.

Do a reality check by keeping a detailed record for one entire week of exactly what you do for those 168 hours, or if you’d like to get really granular, 10,080 minutes.

After you have one week of data, do a quick analysis of those hours.  Highlight time spent tending to your body’s physical needs in green (think “life”).  Time spent sleeping, preparing and eating meals, bathing, and dressing all come under the category of necessary for human life.

Next, categorize those hours spent working, attending class, or studying and commuting to your job or school.  Let’s use blue for those time commitments required for productive lives.

The rest of the hours can be coded with yellow.  These are your discretionary hours.  What most people notice right away is that there aren’t a lot of discretionary hours left in the week.  Typically, about 48 hours.  And a lot of activity has to fit in those 48 hours like chores, errands, child care, community or spiritual activities, hobbies, family and friends, exercise, entertainment, and just plain relaxing.

No wonder time seems to fly.  Unless you are careful and make conscious decisions about your discretionary 48 hours, it’s easy to have those hours fly away and be left wondering just where the time went.

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