Saturday 28th October saw the inevitable end of British Summer Time and the clocks going back an hour. This extra hour (for most people usually spent in bed), could be seen as a gift (to be taken away again next Spring). This got Mark thinking about what we’d all do with an extra hour in each day.
When the clocks go back each year, you can almost hear the collective British public saying in unison “Yes! An extra hour in bed”. Given the time clocks go back, this is of course what most of us would say. But in our increasingly busy lives, where 24 hours doesn’t seem quite enough to fit everything in, how would we cope with a 25-hour day every day? So, I asked all my Facebook friends the same question I ask many of my coaching clients who are struggling with time management, “if I gave you the gift of an extra hour each day, what would you do with it?”
In my (not very scientific) research, only one person talked about work and that was just to catch up on emails. The most common answer, however, was more hobby related, such as reading books, painting, learning a language or a musical instrument. A few chose to relax and practice mindfulness while one friend admitted that they would spend the full hour being anxious about what to do with it. Many agreed that they would start off with good intentions but then probably waste the opportunity. There was one exception, who told me that she’s already started getting up an hour earlier and is using that time to write. She’s already on her second book.
We may all have that extra hour in the not-too-distant future. For those who have a car, driverless vehicles are on the horizon, which means we can spend time in the car doing other things. Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi says, “we refer to this as the 25th hour. Time is the most significant commodity our society currently has.”
Currently, we only get this gift of an hour once a year, but there must be other ways to steal time. Where else can you gain another hour each day to live a little more? What are your time wasters? What activities add little value? As Charles Darwin famously said, “a man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”