You know the famous phrase, “There just isn’t enough time in the day for me to do that…” Why is this so widely accepted and lived?? We spend time in our day doing things that would not be considered productive; I know because I do them. When it comes to not wasting time, I am no saint. I have sat in and avoided piles of laundry more times than I can count. I have looked through social media sites, read meaningless articles on the internet, and looked up a movie star or two to see what dreamland they are off to that day. I can say that 50% of that time I spent wasted, I could have done something that could help me grow into a happier and healthier me.
Take note of your daily activities, write them out, find out how much time you spend doing them, and then make a plan for yourself. We ALL do better with a plan. A written plan, not a metal plan!
My 24 hour Day Broken Down
There are 24 hours in the day. Let’s break down an average of time spent doing certain activities each day.
- 7 hours of sleep
- 1 hour to shower and get ready for the day
- 3 hours for school drop off/pick up and errands
- 2 hours cleaning/organizing/more cleaning
- 1 hour of “girl” time
- 2 hours spent preparing meals
- 2 hours playing soccer mom for after school activities
- 1 hour helping with homework
- 1 hour of family time
- 1 hour of hubby time, BEST part!
Now, that is a grand total of 21 hours.
So, if I do my math correctly 24-21=3. I have three whole hours left in the day to get a workout in with more to to spare for me to watch the latest episodes of This Is Us or the Hallmark Channel. I fully admit that I am a sucker for these predictable, cheesy, sappy and most of the time awkward Hallmark movies. Most of the time with a bowl of ice cream and maybe some tissues…
Back to the point, 3 hours of the day is 12.5% of my day. That may not seem like a lot, but if I take one hour of that for exercise is only 4.2% of my day. Even just 30 minutes, is only 2.1%!Anyone can make time in their day for 2% of something that will benefit your both physically and mentally! We already make time for trivial things that we could in the long run go without.
Take a step back and really look at how your day is spent. Are you just telling yourself there is not time because it is an easy way out, or do you fill your day with things that you could easily go without?
Now, not everyone’s day looks this way. Some of you work full time outside of the home, others don’t have any kids, and some work multiple jobs to make ends meet. If this is you, figure out your day. Find where your time is spent and you will be surprised to see a little extra time just waiting to be used.
When you take the time to do something for yourself, life becomes more enjoyable. TRUTH. When you are happy; life is happy!
SO, what are you waiting for?!?
Make a Plan!