Get Your Time Back. (It’s Yours, Fight For It.)

Corinna Hagen
4 min readNov 8, 2023

How has your week been? Did it feel like it has escaped you? Let’s talk about reclaiming some of your time.

I cannot buy more time. I better be careful how I spend it. — Warren Buffett

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The Choice (Of Time) Is Yours

When people share concerns about time escaping them, they often view it as something that makes a decision to walk away. But time is a constant: every day has the same 24 hours. The sun rises and sets. What you do as each day goes by is in your hands.

Of course, there are exceptions. There are things beyond your reach like accidents, or health emergencies. Outside of that, you have the choice of what goes on your calendar, how much of it, and how frequently.

I’m not sure why we call it time management. What it really is has more to do with our values, which inform our priorities, which inform our decisions about what gets our attention every day. Boundaries are then what erects a protection around those priorities and allocated blocks of time.

Time doesn’t escape you, it goes where you direct it. — Corinna Hagen

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Trace Your Steps In A Calendar Audit

Let’s trace it back: Your calendar, in essence, is filled with decisions around your priorities. Some are influenced by others, like your work responsibilities. If you find a large portion of your day not leading you to these priorities, reassess your calendar and where you chose to spend your most precious commodity, time.

To claim back power over your calendar, you need to have clarity about what each hour should be spent on. Run a calendar audit. Similar to time-blocking, take a few highlighters and mark your calendar use off in 4 colors:

  • Green for active personal use like family dinners, workouts, etc.
  • Blue is for active professional use like work hours, business dinners, conferences, etc.
  • Grey is for inactive time — whether work or life, e.g., commute, sleep, etc.

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Corinna Hagen

Founder of Zaradigm.com, an executive communication firm. I write about leadership and business communication 1 x month in the “Leading Choices” newsletter.