Ok – well, here goes . . .
How I Spend My Time
First off, I decided to calculate on a daily basis only instead of going by the week. We’re a little remote here and if I go to town, it takes the better part of a day and I often don’t get home until the following day. So days that involve any time not at home are more like being on vacation and don’t count as a regular schedule. With that in mind, here’s my best guestimate of my hours spent daily:
- Sleeping – 8 (including an hour or so reading time)
- Grooming – 1 (no make-up, low-maintenance hair/clothes)
- Meals/snacks (including prep) – 1.5 (I like simple and we share cooking duties here)
- Exercise – 1 (morning stretching routine and daily walk)
- Travel to work or school – 0 (Yeah!)
- Chores/errands – 1.5 (chores only; running an errand from here takes ALL day)
So Why Don’t I Get More Done?
I know that I have way more “free” time than lots of folks. That wasn’t always the case but I’ve chosen a scaled-back, simpler life because I prefer a slower pace. Looking at these numbers, however, makes me realize that I am not making the best use of my time. What on earth do I do with the other half of every day that I’m home and all my time is mine to spend as I see fit?
Ken at The Freelancer Today posted about writing more in less time by identifying your peak and devoting those hours to writing. Well, that got me thinking. I indulge an old habit every morning of spending an hour or two online while enjoying my tea and having breakfast. There’s nothing wrong with this other than it’s my peak time. Oops. I’m squandering my peak writing time dinking around. I’m getting things done, such as answering email, checking my favorite blogs, writing my own blog posts, or educating myself in some fashion but . . . it’s definitely not the best use of my time.
A New Schedule
Starting this morning, I spent a few minutes online and then went to my “office.” Well, guess what? Ken is right. Before it was time for my morning stretching routine, I had my articles for the day written! It’s not even noon and I’m mostly done “working” for the day. Now I can focus on my current custom memorial quilt project without any writing deadlines to distract me. It doesn’t get much better than that!
So figure out where you’re spending your time and what your peak is. See if there are simple ways to shake things up a bit and free up some hours for other things. And please share here what works for you.