We all have a limited amount of time to work with, just like our money is finite. If you think in terms of a “time budget,” you may be able to use your time better and enjoy your life more.
Dave Lavinsky gives an excellent example on the Growthink blog: You’re at the grocery, it’s the last week of the month, and the food in your cart will bring you right up to your $400 a month budget. But then you see something on the way to the checkout that you might want, that might taste good or be on sale. Should you go for it? No! Stay within your budget or trade something in your cart for the other item. Lavinsky says:
Your time budget is the same way. When it’s 4:55 and you’ve committed to stop working and go home at 5:00 but there’s some nagging task you really want to knock out but would take 30 minutes — DON’T BUY IT. Don’t do it today. Do it tomorrow or some other day.
Go home and enjoy your life. Do something fun or relaxing and stay within your time budget. It can probably wait until later, just like that last-minute item at the store.
Similarly, the next time something’s calling out to distract you or waste your time, just remember that you’re on a budget.
How to Manage Time Like You’d Manage a Budget | Growthink