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Who Does Your Time Belong To?

Updated on January 16, 2015

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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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Divorced.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What do they call him?

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Increasingly I am of the same disposition. Could it be that while our time is golden, we are reaching the point at which we are golden too?

      If you still have "hours" of sanity, you are doing well.

      Do you know what they call a man who has lost his mind? (Answer forthcoming after your response.)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Luckily, I am able to multi-task, but there are times where I just want to relax and do nothing. Those are my precious hours of sanity.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - Our lifetime, long or short, is a gift from a loving Heavenly Father, as is our free agency to decide how we use it. Our free agency is the one gift we can give back to Him by keeping His commandments taught by and exemplified for us by His son.

      By doing so, we are using our lifetime "as well as possible." That's quite a responsibility and challenge.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      We do need some time out each day, but it is not wasted, it's useful. I do think that I should remember that my time is in God's hands and it should be used as well as possible.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Mr. Franklin and I seem to agree for the most part. I believe family and friends should come before cheap plastic crap (stuff) from China or anywhere else. I realize everyone must make a living, but at the same time I think 'things' sometimes become too important. Getting everything perfect as in House Beautiful is a bit overdoing it I think when there are so many other things one could do to contribute to the community and the world. Cheap plastic crap IS a material thing.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Au Fait - I was reading your comment and trying to figure out if you were (1) critical of what the Hub presented, or (2) just saying how you prioritize your own time, or (3) supporting everyone using their time however they please, as long as they don't critizize you as to how you use your own time, but agreeing with the theme of this Hub (along with Benjamin Franklin) that lifetime is too precious to waste on material things at the expense of loved ones and friends.

      I suspect I got one of these right.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I expect I waste a lot of time by some people's standards, and even at times by my own standards. I think those things that are important will usually find a way to get done.

      I also think most people stay busy and 'productive' with busy work that wouldn't be missed if it weren't ever done. In fact, I think a lot of people put doing things and accumulating things ahead of the truly important things in this world that some people call time wasting.

      The parents who are workaholics who are introduced to their adult children either at that child's graduation or his/her wedding is one example. I understand the need to provide for the family, but what about being there emotionally as well as physically for the family? A nice home etc., is a good thing to provide for one's family, but how much plastic crap from China does one family need to keep up with the Jones'?

      Children need out time whether we are parents, grandparents, friends, or whatever, and so often they are left to someone else to care for while we do more important things -- make money to buy the plastic crap.

      If you're coming to visit me in order to run your fingers over the top of the window frames to see how well I clean, then don't bother coming. I can tell you in a quick email that won't waste your time or mine, that you will find dust there. So long as the place is healthful to occupy, I don't give a damn about cleaning. I would hope God created me for more than just cleaning and drudgery.

      Sometimes I think we have our priorities confused. Family and friends should come before keeping the house so spotless you could practically eat off the floor. I'm not a neatnick and I'm sure many people would criticize the way I spend my time. Well, it's my time. You spend your time your way and it's OK with me. I'll spend my time my way.

      The most valuable thing we have in this world is not gold or money, it's our time. We don't ever really know how much of it we have or when it will end. Once spent, used, wasted, lost, one can never get their time back. You can build another house, earn some more money, but you can never ever get your time back once its gone. So spend it well.

      If you believe your time is best spent satisfying other people's requirements and standards, that is your choice, but you shouldn't try to force your own values onto other people any more than you would want theirs forced onto you. We are fortunate in this country in that we can for the most part choose how we will spend our most valuable asset, time.

      Luke 10:38-42 -- Martha complains because her sister Mary is not helping her prepare dinner and instead is spending time in the presence of Jesus and listening to Him speak. We should all be careful about criticizing how other people spend their time and worry instead about how we are spending our own time.

      I think all perfect people should instruct the rest of us on how to live our lives correctly, but only when they have actually reached perfection, not just when they believe they have.

      How one should spend their time is certainly a thought provoking subject and I think it's good you have raised the issue so people may do that -- unless they believe doing so is a waste of time . . . :)

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      DDE - I just added another thought to the left-hand column of this one, on how to save time when you are just 'waiting.' Thanks for stopping by again.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub! Time should be spent meaningfully.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      mary615 - The motivation, especially for us procrastinators, is often lacking. Little gets done in an organized way unless the motivation is present. Self-control is one of the first (or last) things we humans seem to learn. Those are fortunate who master it early.

      Parents should be teaching their children the practice of "a place for everything, and everything in its place." (I can hear parents sighing" "if only we could.")

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - I think I left it up to each reader to add the "wasted time" along the way, and then showed, in the left hand column, where much of that "wasted time" creeps in.

      You will notice that I didn't include "a siesta" either!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I know I waste a lot of time! I try so hard to be organized, but everyday something happens, and I don't get everything done I wanted to.

      Great Hub; good advice.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent advise and truths about time. Personally I think you left out 60 minutes for wasting time. I think we need a little wasted time from day to day.