where does the time go?

There is NEVER enough time in the day, is there?  I remember, back when I was “young”, thinking of all the things I would do when I didn’t have to work a full-time job away from home.  I was going to have sooooo much time on my hands!  I worked 6am-2pm, with a 30-45 minute commute from home, a toddler, a baby that didn’t sleep through the night, and a husband that worked 20-30 hours per week while finishing his undergrad degree.  It hurts my brain to even think of that routine nowadays.  My body could never handle it.  I had sugarplum visions of community volunteer work, cake decorating classes, DIY crafts, and home improvement projects.  I haven’t worked outside the home for 13 years.  And yet I still complain I don’t have enough time.  I have no community volunteer work or cake decorating classes in my life.  And I have zero desire for crafts or home improvement projects.  But what I have learned over the years, at least for me, is that my lack of time has more to do with my time management techniques than it does with how many tasks I think I have to get done.

Back in the earlier years, I discovered the Family Manager’s Guide for Working Moms.  The basic philosophy was to break your day down into 15 minute chunks.  Start from when you wake up, and go until you typically go to bed.  Outline what you do in a normal day.  Find the small bits of downtime in your schedule.  The author discusses how you can fold a few articles of clothing in just 15 minutes.  Or wipe down a counter, or load several dishes into a dishwasher, or pay a couple of bills.  Of course there are tips for managing food and finances, setting goals, delegating tasks, etc.  But for me, this time management technique really stuck with me.  (Don’t take that to mean I always follow it).  But even if you don’t work outside the home, you are still busy.  There is always something pulling you one way or the other.  And even if you aren’t a mom, you are still busy.  This technique is super helpful in finding small chunks of time during the day to be used wisely.  And it will be a great way to help you earn your Find More points this week in the Wellness Challenge!