Budget Your Time To Match Your Priorities

Are you trying to fit it all in but wondering if there’s really enough room to squeeze it in? Or are you going day-by-day, guessing what the day will look like and unsure when the most important things, or the goals you’ve set will get any time or attention?

Budget your time like you would your money: it’s a limited resource and you want to be sure you’re investing it in what matters most.

Enter the Ideal Time template! This template allows you to blueprint your week and give every important thing in your life a placeholder in your schedule ahead of time instead of as an afterthought or reaction.

How does it work? Ideal Time is similar to time blocking in that you can schedule time for specific types of work or chores or fun or goal-oriented tasks. Ideal Time allows you to see all five (or seven) set of 24 hours at once so you can see a realistic picture. You’ll plan for priorities rather than hope they get done. Let’s take a look at an example to get started:

Start with the things that are most permanent.

  • 6am Wake Up
  • 7am Kids Wake Up
  • 8am Kids School Drop Off
  • 9am
  • 10am
  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 1pm
  • 2pm
  • 3pm Kids School Pick Up
  • 4pm
  • 5pm Sports
  • 6pm
  • 7pm
  • 8pm Kids Bedtime
  • 9pm Bedtime

Next, add in your other priorities, including work, self-care time and whatever else is unique for you!

  • 6am Wake Up
  • 7am Kids Wake Up
  • 8am Kids School Drop Off & Workout
  • 9am -11am Morning Work Block
  • 12pm Lunch Break / Bible Study
  • 1pm – 245pm Afternoon Work Block
  • 3pm Kids School Pick Up
  • 4pm Chores / Homework
  • 5pm Sports / Activities
  • 6pm Dinner
  • 7pm Family Quiet Time
  • 8pm Kids Bedtime / Epsom Salt Bath & Read Book
  • 9pm Bedtime

Finally, be sure to add in buffer / margin. This is white space in your schedule and life that you need.

Also, don’t underestimate the time it will take you to do things. Add in buffers on purpose. You can see how your day can fill up quickly and it’ll become clear that you can actually fit in if you also want to sleep. =D Your day can be as detailed or generic as you wish, knowing that you might edit and adjust as you go. Each day of the week might look different, and that’s okay. Plan all of them out and see where you end up.

Claim your calendar before someone else does.

Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy

The goal with your Ideal Week is not to aim for perfection. The Ideal Week acts as the plan for you to get in everything that is important to you. It gives your priorities the container and space they deserve in order to actually have a chance at happening! You can aim to hit your Ideal Week @ about 75 percent each week, understanding that things will come up to require your flexibility. Having your Ideal Week gives you an aim, a best case scenario. It also lets your brain rest knowing that you’ve thought it all through and you don’t have to reinvent or scramble each day.

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?

Henry David Thoreau

If you need help with this, you’re in luck. We have an awesome worksheet to help you visualize your Ideal Week.

PS: If any of this resonated with you, we’d love to work with you 1-on-1. We teach our clients how to build a life they love by being intentional about their time and habits in order to realize their own version of an Ideal Life!

Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre, Florida that focuses on Fitness, Family & Finance. We help our clients create the discipline & habits they need to strip off what’s holding them back from living the life God created them to live. We work with clients in 1-on-1 sessions in person and virtually as well as in Small Groups in Personal Training sessions, workshops and other events. We’re on a mission to inject hope and empower our community one client at a time. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.

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