Who Does Your Time Belong To?
If you add in travel to and from work, then sleeping and working take up almost 1,000 minutes of the 1,440 minutes in each "work day."
The Mental Clock is Ticking!
Wake Up Time (WUT) +30 is Dress and Do what you do first thing each day.
WUT+30+10 to plan the day
WUT+40+15 for Breakfast
WUT+55+20 for Family/Chores
WUT+75+40 for Travel/Shop
WUT+115+480 for Employment*
WUT+595+30 for Lunch
WUT+625+40 for Travel/Errands
WUT+665+75 for Family/Friends
WUT+740+60 for Bills/Mail/News
WUT+800+40 for TV/Entertainment
WUT+840+45 for Supper
WUT+885+45 for Exercise/Reading/Family
WUT+930+30 for Personal Hygiene
WUT+960+ 480 for Sleep
1,440** is WUT and a new day.
* In place of Employment enter what time you spend working as a homemaker, self-employed, retired, etc.
**Anything not listed has to be taken out of something that is listed. 24 hours have 1,440 minutes, and that is what is already used up in this simplified schedule.
NOTE: This simplified schedule has 140 minutes included for Family and Friends, not even 2 1/2 hours. If you have a spouse, a spouse and children, you can glimpse how much time they and your friends get from an average "work day" and try to make up for that on your weekend days. If you are a parent with children at home, one or two elderly parents you care for, a sick family member, etc., your schedule will never be this clear cut, and a lot of the potential for time for yourself is severely limited.
And now you know the answer to the commonly asked question "Where did the time go?"
Here is what you DON'T have time for:
Time spent wondering what to do next is time wasted.
Reading things over and over should typically have been done just once.
Looking for misplaced items is time wasted.
Drowsiness from too little sleep wastes time.
Letting the phone and other distractions constantly interrupt you is time wasted.
Forgetting appointments and obligations wastes time.
Failing to listen and understand leads to wasted time.
Extra trips to the store wastes time and gas.
Failing to keep a list of each day's priorities leads to wasted time.
Failing to care for your own health, and the health of those you care for can result in large amounts of wasted time.
Keeping clutter wastes time for many reasons.
Failing to maintain the dwelling, the car, the appliances, clothing, etc. leads to lost time and money.
Allowing tasks to accumulate by procrastinating doing them is wasting the time you could have used more wisely.
Having something else to do at times when you are waiting for a traffic light, waiting for someone running in to pick up an item 'for just a second,' while you are on hold on the telephone, or in any of the variety of waiting rooms, post office lines, etc., can make use of some of those wasted moments, too.
"Dost thou love life, then waste not time, for time is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
The "Energizer Bunny" in our household.
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