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Time is my frienemy

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We all have 24 hours in a day. Including myself. Yet somehow, it never seems like enough!

When Monday hits, time is my friend. I have plans of grandeur...oh the things I will accomplish...I have lists upon lists. I have all the time in the world - it's the beginning of the week! Then...

It's Wednesday! The weekend is almost here! Hardly anything has gotten accomplished, and I certainly have not been keeping up with my workouts or healthy eating. Is it too late to start since the week is almost over? (Don't tell me you haven't thought that yourself!) I still have a little time to get things done....

And now it's Friday. The WEEKEND! Now we can have some downtime doing fun stuff and spend time together as a family! We have the WHOLE weekend ahead of us......

SUNDAY?! Where did this week go? How is it that hardly nothing got accomplished? I ate bad, didn't workout, I'm sure I'll have a weight gain! I feel ill prepared for the upcoming week........

Ai yi yi!! What a vicious cycle - but I honestly feel like that most weeks! It's not too hard to imagine someone feeling a little depressed over that kind of thinking!

So I am reflecting on time, and what it is exactly I do with it. I know that I have 24 hours each day. I should plan on sleeping 7 - 8 hours of that time, so that leaves me with 16 hours a day. That is more than enough time to accomplish what I would like to do (workouts, checking emails, and even a little daily downtime) and everything that I need to accomplish (tending to the kids, laundry, cleaning, food prep, etc...). I always fight to hard to almost prove that I don't have enough time, when in reality, I have more than enough.

Where does all that time go? I can say with 100% certainty that a LOT of it is blown online! (NOT counting SparkPeople - I usually spend 30 minutes in the evening before bed.) Who needs to check their email every 20 minutes? You'd think I'm a high-powered executive who has the deal of the century posted to my email the way I check it! LOL Pinterest is also a sickness. Thankfully, Facebook isn't an issue for me anymore as I deactivated my account back in May (otherwise I'd NEVER leave the computer!) I need to have MORE self control when it comes to my computer time. Maybe like...a time limit? That I have to STRICTLY adhere to? *sigh* It's totally a self-control issue...just like with eating. I guess if you have problems like that, they kind of boil over to other areas of your life!

I will continue over the next week or so to observe myself. Where am I wasting time? Where can I find pockets of time to do things that I don't feel I have enough time for? Is there a better way to arrange my day so that I can accomplish everything that needs to be done? Are some things not completely necessary to be done? These are the questions I hope to answer in the coming weeks.

I don't just need a weight overhaul, I need a life overhaul! It all kind of goes together like a puzzle. It'll get put together the right way yet! :-)

If you're reading this, I would LOVE to hear your ideas, suggestions, and experiences on how you manage your time, especially when it comes to workouts, healthy food, and striving for a healthy lifestyle!

~ Christa
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  • PROT358
    This is a great topic, and one I've been thinking about too. Every night I used to make a checklist of five manageable tasks I needed to do tomorrow. My goals ranged from doing store returns, paying bills, vacuuming my car, dropping some items off at the dry cleaners, tracking my food, getting in 60 minutes of cardio, etc. That isn't quite the same as slating off each hour of the day for a specific purpose, and I do know some people who do just that, but at least at the end of the day I got some things done and I felt like I did something.
    1910 days ago
    I have to work full-time so time is vital in my house. I take 30 minutes a day for working out and I make sure I do it!!! My four kids are ages 12 to 17 and we each take a night to make dinner. When you put the hubby in there, that leaves me one day to cook and one day to figure something else out to eat.

    The computer can be a huge time sucker! I try to limit my time to 30 minutes a night, but no more than 60 minutes. That means on Spark I have to pick and choose. I may not earn as many points because I'm not writing on message boards or on Spark Teams, but I still log food and exercise.

    Time is always an issue. The main thing I do is make sure I put my family first. All too soon they all will be out of the house and that will leave me plenty of time for the computer!

    Good luck!
    1914 days ago
    Great to see you back on Spark, Christa. I spend too much time online and have been cutting back, but realized I get cranky if I can't spend 30-60 minutes daily. I'm calling it my "me" time, but then I don't have kids at home anymore!

    1915 days ago
    It's like you are reading my mind. I am always behind on housework. There is always a load of dishes to to or laundry or a room to clean. I tell myself those same things about having plenty of time this weekend or this evening, and I seem to get no further. emoticon

    I have realized one thing though - I make time for the things that are important to me. I read every day - I know it sounds like a luxury, but I make time for it because I love it so much. When I found a workout I loved, I started waking up at 5:30am just to make sure I had plenty of time to workout. emoticon

    But I don't like to cook, so my diet is always falling to the wayside, using the excuse there isn't enough time to cook healthfully. emoticon

    Good Luck!
    1917 days ago

    I'm w/you. Where does the time go?
    1917 days ago
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