They say what gets measured gets managed. When it comes to saving for a vacation, scaling your businesses, or adding the perfect amount of chocolate chips to your homemade cookie recipe, that approach surely seems to work. But what about measuring our most valuable and intangible resource of all? Our time.
We’ve all had those days where we’ve set out to tackle our to-do lists only to find ourselves hours later with the same pile of dirty laundry, a full inbox and nothing in the pantry besides ketchup and some crackers, wondering where we went wrong. What if we told you that you could free up your time and accomplish much more with just a few tweaks here and modifications there?
Prontopia recently partnered up with Persistiny, a company that helps you track the time you spend on “invisible tasks” in order to strategize better, make smarter choices, and reclaim ownership of your schedule. Both Prontopia and Persistiny are passionate about making your life easier, simpler and more enjoyable by saving you time and unnecessary stress.
Whether you’re a working mom, a business owner with aging parents, an entrepreneur who works from home, or some combination of all three, your time is undoubtedly your most valuable resource. Let’s examine some practical steps you can take to understand where your time is going, free up your schedule, and lighten your load.
The first step to taking back your time is understanding where it all goes in the first place. Persistiny has developed a handy app called Tend, which serves as a task manager that helps you track the time you spend on unpaid tasks such as mom duties, caregiving for your aging parents, running errands, and running your household. All of these little nuances accumulate, eating into your schedule and robbing you of your time and attention. Once you can see how much time you’re dedicating to each activity, you can quantify the “cost” of this time not only monetarily but also in terms of your mental health.
Now that you know where all of your time is going, it’s time to compartmentalize these activities and make some changes. Take a good look at what activities are consuming your energy. What do you dread doing the most? What do you wish you could do more of? Which tasks do you enjoy doing (reading the kids bedtime stories) and which ones send your cortisol levels through the roof (helping your grandma figure out how to use the remote)? Once you get a clear picture of the situation, identify what you’d like to cut out of your routine and where you’d like to redistribute that energy.
Now it’s time to outsource those time-consuming tasks so you can free up your time and focus on the important things. Why spend 45 minutes loading up the kids just to head off to the grocery store when you can send a list to a Prontopian in 5? Prontopia Local Assistants are available to help with all kinds of daily tasks; from getting groceries from all of your favorite local stores to picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy to helping your older relatives figure out how to use technology. If you’re stretched too thin, or simply want to free up your time so you can do more of what you love, we are here for you.
There are so many sayings about time: time is money, time is of the essence, lost time is never found again. The truth is that your time is precious and with the right tools and a little help from your friends at Prontopia and Tend, you can master your schedule and spend more time on the important things. Tell us how you use Prontiopa and Tend to free up your time? We want to hear your story!
American content writer in Italy. Her hobbies include getting dressed up to go to art museums, hopping on trains to cities she's never been, and talking to herself in a mixture of English and Italian.