Time Management Tip: Make your Free Time Pay Off! (Including a Bonus Audio Feature)

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.” ~ Coco Chanel

Everyday, and almost everywhere, no matter how well off or modest you are, the word “FREE” always gets your attention with its special sound, as your mind will automatically linking it to a specific happiness.

Well Free isn’t necessarily Free, 🙂 , you see Free means that something / someone else took care of the charge and you get to enjoy it for free but of course it doesn’t mean that it has no value!

In this week’s tip, we’re going to tackle Free Time,  

So let’s say you need to do a group of tasks today (both personal and professional), how much does it cost you in terms of time to finish all of them?


  • Meeting with John = 1 Hour + 30 Minutes x 2 (Transportation to and from the meeting location)
  • Internal work at the company = 4 hours
  • Resting = 2 hours
  • Reading a few chapters of a book  = 1 hour
  • Working out = 2 hours
  • Having lunch = 1 hour
  • Watch my favorite TV = 30 minutes
  • Call the cable company = 15 minutes

If you do them sequentially you will need around 12 hours

Looking at your tasks  and especially on the CONTEXT of your tasks, you will notice that calling the cable company does not need to happen while sitting in the office, but you can take that call while driving to meet John, as well that it would be a good opportunity to meet John Offsite so you decided to meet him over lunch instead of the office and so on…

Check out This Tip to assist you to take a different look at your task

What Just happened?

By looking in a smart way to your tasks they will look a bit like that

  • Meeting with John
    • 1 Hour Meeting (can also happen over lunch)
    • 1 Hour Transportation = 1 Hour driving or taking a taxi + 1 Hour free to use the mobile or listen to an audio book
  • Internal work at the company = 4 hours
  • Resting
    • 2 hours Resting = 2 hours of Rest + 2 hours FREE to watch TV / Read a Book
  • Reading a few chapters of a book  = 1 hour
  • Working out
    • 2 Hours = 2 Hours Working out + 1 FREE hour to Watch TV or Listen to an Audio Book
  • Having lunch = 0 hour
  • Watch my favorite TV = 0 minutes
  • Call the cable company = 0 minutes

So you can finish the all of the tasks above in less than 8 hours

This way you’re making the Time committed originally to another task, PAY for your task. The possibilities would be virtually endless in how much extra time can you get per day without using any more resources of your self…

All you need to do is Plan your tasks well in advance.. 🙂 !

For further information on the topic, feel free to listen to this Free Chapter from my national best selling book “The 10 Unbreakable Rules of Time Management”

Enjoy your Week!


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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project


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