There Are Only 24 Hours In A Day

Yes, there are only 24 hours in a day!

Yes, that’s right, there are only twenty-four hours in a day. Tell me then, why do so many of us try so hard to squeeze out twenty-five or even thirty hours worth of activities into a twenty-four hour day?

Typically, how often do you feel stressed and overwhelmed when it comes to organizing your time? When it comes to using time wisely, are you generally more stressed with the lack of time than energized by the possibilities?


Good day-to-day time management is vital to successful self-management.

If you cannot manage your time well, you’re not going to be managing your life and yourself well either. Here are a few examples of what I mean:

1. Take a look at your to-do list. Is it reasonable and realistic? Or, is the length of the “must-do’s” so long that you’re exhausted just looking at them?

2. As you write out your goals for the week, are you dreading all the work that needs to be done?

3. When you think about everything you want to accomplish, do you usually begin feeling overwhelmed?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above three questions, please read on.


There are two time mangement absolutes: (1) You are only human and, (2) There are only twenty-four hours in a day.

Let me ask this: Why do so many of us have an unconscious need to cram an unreasonable amount of “to-do’s” into our waking hours?

Here’s what I think:
1. We have an unconscious need to make success a struggle.
2. We don’t have a clear perception of “time.”
3. We don’t value our time.
4. We have unrealistic expectations for our time.
5. We don’t understand how to organize time wisely.

Do any of these ring a bell? Can you emotionally relate to any of those possible reasons for feeling stressed about not having enough time?

Yes, we all have our “must-do’s” – work, family, etc. – but we also have choices regarding how to complete the “must-do’s.” Before you can manage time, you have to realize that you control how you choose to spend your twenty-four hours. You can either make time your friend or make it your emotional enemy – - – it is your choice.


I challenge you to spend the next week looking carefully at how you’re thinking about time.

When you look at the clock, are you feeling energized or are you feeling stressed?

If you’re feeling stressed, ask yourself if you’re placing unrealistic expectations on yourself and your time. Becoming more aware of how you’re planning your day will help become more aware of how you’re using time. Plan your day wisely and twenty-four hours becomes more than enough time to work, play, rejuvenate and enjoy life.

You’ll want to make my new Kindle part of your eBook library - How To Keep Yourself and Your Business on Track – It is about time and stress management – you can click here to go directly to How To Keep Yourself and Your Business On Track (Women Empowering Women)


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