Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Answer

Ok. That last entry was totally fun. If you haven't commented yet, do so, I'm fascinated with every answer!

I work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., though I'm 10 minute late to work most days, so I have to work 10 minutes after.

I have a 30-minute break from 12:30 to 1:00, that I either spend in my cubicle, or run frenzied errands, which, really, is just nuts.

I try to force myself to be in bed by midnight. Sometimes I make it, sometimes no. The alarm goes off at 6:45, at which time I swear that tonight I will be in bed by 10 p.m. I get out of bed around 7:15.

My weeknight evenings: I just joined the gym, so I try to get in there a few evenings a week. That's easy; I can see the place from my front door (if you knock down the building across the street). Change shoes, and I'm there in 2 minutes.

My (winter) evenings are usually busy. Cooking (I prefer cooking to eating out, even if it's just something simple) and cleaning up after. Answering e-mails, cleaning the house, sorting thru photos, working on Toys for Troops stuff, reading blogs, designing posters, and working on a freelance project here or there. And brainstorming. Always that. Summer: throw in yardwork, and that jazz.

Clint has odd hours, 24 hours on, 48 hours off. We skip between our two houses, based on the agenda du jour. Until yesterday, his oven didn't work, so if dinner needed baking, it's been served at my house. We roll with it. I do pretty much the same things in either of our homes, on an average evening: Putter.

Between us we have a lot of friends, so we're running out for social functions an average of twice a week. Sundays are spent getting Mom settled for the upcoming week: lunch, then groceries, and filling Rx, etc.

So, why DID I ask? I've been contemplative about time management. As much as I have going in my life, I still want to incorporate more. Is it possible, I wondered? How much structure do people have in their lives? How much can people get done? How do people watch so much TV that they know what's on every single night at any given hour?! How do people do most of what I do, and factor 2-3 kids into the story?!!

Your answers were interesting and varied, reflecting on so many different phases of our lives. Kids, no kids, single, married, dating, working in the home, working out of it.

Thanks for playing along. Keep playing...

In the meantime, I'm going to figure out where in the heck, in this house, I can fit my easel, and where, in a week, I can schedule an hour. If that's all I can find, it's one hour more than I've been painting. And darlings, I tire of just talking about painting. It's time to put up or shut up.


  1. stfarmer11:58 PM

    Need more time? You need to learn to say no to some things. You can't keep adding new things without eliminating a few. Problem solved. :-{/

  2. I was afraid you'd say that. Can I say no to sleep?

    C'monnnnnnnnn, StFarmer. 1 hour a week, I can do it! I know I can. Just like I can get to bed by 10:00...and it's 12:18 a.m. right now...

  3. stfarmer12:33 AM

    Seems like you're already saying no to sleep. What's your second choice?

  4. Im with stfarmer. Gotta reduce, reuse, and recycle your time. Reduce your loads, reuse that time in a different way and then recycle your hours while you are sleeping. Begin the day rejuvenated.

  5. I'm lousy at time management- and proud of it!

  6. Sister---I'm with you on the painting. I've been working my way through the house, reorganizing, cleaning, etc., so I can try and make a space for painting.

    I miss it.

  7. Marinemom7:36 PM

    Skip the housework, it's highly over rated. Sleep deprivation makes me less productive during the day. When I get 8 hours it seems like I have more time during the day. And as far as TV goes it turns your mind to mush. I chan't give much more advice since I'm a terrible time manager. I need to learn to say "no".

  8. Have you considered putting "Paint" on your to-do list? Seriously. When I go too long between writing or get too blocked, I'll start putting "Write" on mine. I get so tired moving it from one day to the next that I finally actually ~ shockingly enough ~ write. It's worth a try, anyway.


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