Making Time for ME - How do YOU do it?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I think I am experiencing the typical thing most women experience. I can't justify taking time for me, "because there is just so much to do."
Oh - how many times have I said that?
Since I work out of our house, I feel like I can't take even 10 minutes just for me. There is a farm to tend to. We have our online business to take care of. There are projects to get done before the weather gets nice and we move our focus back outside.
So I feel guilty if I stop to log my food or pop in a dvd. There are always so much that needs to be done.
I've tried to incorporate my daily duties into fitness minutes, but it is so hard to translate. What I generally do is just list it as walking minutes, even though just prepping things for shipping involves climbing up ladders, lifting heavy objects, bending and squatting. It all adds up to constant moving.
Now this isn't all bad. I lost 5 pounds last week! That is a total of 7 in 2 weeks and I'm so pumped about it.
But I can't reconcile what I KNOW I need to do for me and what I NEED to get done around here. I could keep going on this way - because it is working - but I want to jump start it with my spin dvd and not plateau.
I'm up with my husband at 4:30 every morning and we don't 'hit the hay' until after 9:00. I decided to log my day and see if there are those spare minutes just hiding in plain sight. Here was my Monday:
4:30 - annoying alarm sounds.
4:31 - complain about annoying alarm.
4:32 - Out of bed to make hubs lunch and start breakfast.
4:40 - Iron shirt for Joe because I forgot to do it last week
4:50 - Feed dog/cats
4:53 - Breakfast with Joe and critters
5:15 - Clear table
5:20 - Get hubs out door for work
5:21 - Load dishwasher
5:25 - Make coffee and clean up counters
5:32 - Feed chickens - thaw out water dishes - replenish with warm clean water (Must they always poop in their water?) and collect eggs
5:45 - wash eggs
5: 50 - Coffee while sorting laundry
6:10 - damn we have a lot of laundry
6:11 - start whites load
6:15 - start daily packing for shipping
9:50 - finished ebay shipping (transferred whites to drier and added next load)
9:50 - started etsy shipping
11:30 - finished etsy packing and shipping (transferred load 2 to drier and started load 3)
12:00 - lunch
12:10 - load packages to ship
12:20 - remembered today is MLK day and no post office hours today
12:21 - start cleaning house
2:20 - done with house - finished load 3 and started load 4 during same time
2:30 - brought mounds of laundry for folding
2:32 - forgot I needed to make bed
2:40 - completed changing sheets and blankets
2:45 - started folding and putting away laundry
3:20 - started iron shirts
3:45 - hung up shirts and put away shoes
3:50 - found leak under sink
3:51 - much cursing involved during disassembly of sink and replacing gasket
4:10 - husband arrives and finishes replacing gasket
4:15 - start dinner
5:00 - guests arrive for lessons Joe is giving
5:05 - start packing up Monday's sales
6:00 - back out to check chickens and replenish warm water
6:10 - check roast and start veggies
6: 25 - students leave - much rejoicing by me
6: 35 - dinner
7:00 - clean up kitchen
7:30 - prepare items for Tuesday photography
8:00 - cut husband's hair
8:30 - tub soak
8:50 - getting ready for bed
9:00 - bed
Argh! This is frustrating. The truth is, I could put something off, but it will just build up the next day. I can swap out laundry in my list but it gets replaced with another thing that is just as time consuming.
This is what everyone deals with so how do you fit in the time and not feel guilty about not getting something else done because you worked out?