I've been thinking about time lately. As it seems have plenty of other people. Maybe it's the imminent change of seasons, or the looming end of the summer holidays (how fast has that gone?). I've also been re-reading this book which is pretty much guaranteed to make you think about time - in an altogether different way.
Mostly I'm wondering where my time goes. Usually when people complain about having no time there is some wise and oh so sage person who will pipe up with the "we all have the same amount of time, its how we choose to use it that's important" line. How true and how truly annoying that is.
Lets think about this logically then. There might even be some maths involved!
In one week there are 168 hours.
Of those 168 hours I spend:
56 of them sleeping
7 of them getting the kids and myself up and dressing in the morning
7 of them getting the kids undressed, bathed and put to bed in the evening
10.5 of them cooking and eating dinner
22 of them at work
5 of them driving to and from work
2.5 of them at the supermarket in the week
3 of them at the supermarket at the weekend
4 of them getting Grace to and waiting for Grace at dancing classes
4 of them at my ILs (on a Sunday)
5 of them cleaning (on a Friday)
14 of them watching TV
7 of them reading
6 of them entertaining the kids on Saturday
6 of entertaining the kids on Sunday
4 of them at the gym
That's 163 hours accounted for. I'm not entirely sure where the other 5 go - driving places? Phaffing about getting read to go places? Cooking? Changing nappies? Washing clothes? Unpacking groceries? Probably all of these things, and others.
Is it any wonder I struggle to find time to do the things I love to do? Finding time for crafty stuff in the day is increasingly difficult for me these days - as illustrated by the (mostly) lack of anything crafty around here lately.
I guess it boils down to this. If I want to do more crafty things, then something else has got to give, but what?
I can't work less (they wouldn't pay me)
I can't drive to work less (I can't magic our house any nearer or drive faster without a speeding fine!)
I can't sleep less (I already have broken nights with the kids so I'm running on empty in that regard most of the time anyway and less sleep makes me a grumpy mummy)
I can't clean less (the house is already a pigsty, if I did less than I do now we'd be drowned under a sea of dust bunnies and laundry within a week!)
I can't cook less (we need to eat)
I can't eat for less (I need to eat)
I can't shop less (we need to eat)
I can't stop taking Grace to dancing (she needs to expend her energy)
I can't spend less time entertaining the kids at the weekend (we work all week so that's our family time)
I can't get them up less or put them to bed less (they need to sleep and they need to wake up)
I can't go to the gym less (I'd be a bigger fatter heffer than I am now)
So, that pretty much leaves the reading and the TV. I'm not sure I could bare to part with my reading time. I do so love books.
Based on this analysis. The TV has got to go. Do you think the kids would notice?
There's a great post over at Shimelle's blog today all about time, and how she finds the time to do what she does. The answer it seems is simple. The woman doesn't even own a TV. My mind is still boggling at how that is even possible. I love the TV. Maybe an experiment is in order? Is it possible for me to survive without the TV for a week? Could I claw back those 14 hours and actually accomplish something with them?
Lets look at the current "To Do List" shall we:
1. Seaside swap secret item #1 (sorry, I can't disclose the exact nature of this item - it's a surprise :)
2. Seaside swap secret item #2 (ditto)
3. Seaside swap secret item #2 (can you ditto a ditto?)
4. Altering a bodice for my SIL for a fancy dress costume
5. Making a Kinder doll for a friend of a friend's baby
6. Knitting a new monkee for a certain little duck man
7. Starting the Learn Something New Everyday Class on 1st September
You know, I'm beginning to think this might be a feasible experiment. Beginning next Monday. No evening TV for me for a week. Well, I can't possibly start before then….Thursday is Private Practice, and Friday is Criminal Minds and Sunday is new House (maybe I'm a hopeless cause??).
So, that's the time sorted out. Now, the energy and the inspiration???……… that's a whole other post……maybe even two!!