What’s In a Day
Have you ever done the hard work of identifying exactly how your days and weeks are spent?
Of course, this is important for at least two reasons:
- because our months, years and lifetimes are just the sum of our weeks, days, and hours and, more specifically, how we invested them.
- because this exercise is the answer to the age-old question of “where does all the time go?” and the cliche complaint of “if I had more time”….
Let’s face it, most of us have used the “no time” excuse as our objection and/or reason to not do what we want to do sometimes.
I mean, it’s one thing if we just really don’t want to do whatever it is we’re objecting to; if that’s the case, just don’t do it. We all have free will and the right to make whatever decisions we want to.
What’s not OK is to live with cognitive dissonance, though; when we do, we live lives full of stress and, whether we’re aware of it or not, that stress often comes from the subconscious realization (be we conscious of it or not) that we aren’t living to our full potential.
My wife and I do a lot, especially in our work for our students, family and tribe at Krav Maga Martial Arts.
But recently, I almost fell into this trap reference some other goals I wanted to achieve.
I very near succumbed to the time excuse.
I’d like to share the exercise and techniques we used to make a plan to accomplish ALL that we want to do to make the next year our best and to move in the direction of our goals, instead of yielding to excuses.
- it’s often useful to take an inventory of where all your time is really going. I skipped this step on the front end, because i was more concerned with where I wanted it to go. As Tony Robbins says: “if you’re truly committed, there’s always a way”.?
- so, instead, we just went right to time-blocking while making sure that we included time for all the important things that we know we have to do daily and weekly in order to accomplish all of our wildly important goals. Time blocking is a powerful way to tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.
- check out this interesting result: without going too far into details, I’ll tell you this- after allocating ALL of my time each day and week, I still have change. 10 hours of sword sharpening dedicated to new skills and capabilities we are learning; 30 hours of “contact time” leading and/or teaching at my academy; 6 hours of fitness; 10 hours of other Q2 (quadrant two work of my position; Q2 means important, not urgent, like planning, thinking, decision making and content creation stuff); 56 hours of sleep; and even after all of that, I still have 56 hours left every week for “free time”- anything else I want or need to do.
And Barb and I have followed it two days so far. 🙂
I know that isn’t really a battle proven system yet, but here’s some things I also know:
- We feel great!?
- Things will happen to disrupt our plan, but life is 10% what happens and 90% how we react to it. We won’t let the contingencies derail us; we’ll do what we need to do and get back on the plan.
- We WILL stick to it!
- We WILL therefore accomplish our goals.
I share all this not for any reason except that hopefully it’s useful to you..
So, in closing- with an exercise so that it will be MOST useful for you:
- what are some things, or even what is THE thing, that you want to do but “don’t have time for?”
- how could you block yuor days in week to get all of those things in, after your work and other responsibilities are also accounted for?
- how can we help?
Team KMMA and I would be super grateful to help you accomplish all of your goals, as part of our Blackbelt Leadership tribe!
Can you make a little time to let us show you how we can help you?
About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.
The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.
See stephendelcastillo.com for more information and to order my book, Developing Your Superpower, Meditations on Mastery, Volume 1.