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The Mobile Locker

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

So most things are going ok. Yeah, ok.

But I told my husband that lately I feel rushed. Stressed. Out of time.

I thought about it, and I thought some more. And what I came up with was this: I'm working full time again, for the first time in more than 20 years.

I've worked pretty much my entire married/mom life, with the exception of about 2 years after our second son was born. But I've worked part time. As time passed I increased my hours, but last August I took a new position which has me working a 40 hour week.

Wait-actually, sometimes it's MORE than 40 hours a week. I'm not on a time clock anymore, so if I need to come in early, I come in early. If I need to stay late, I stay late. I work with two women who come in later and stay later than I do most days, so I'm having to assert myself and at the end of the day, I say, "See you tomorrow," and off I go (usually to the gym).

So, I've been looking at ways to re-organize my time. I've got the same 24 hours per day that everyone else has, but what they're dedicated to has gone through a shift.

I'm the type of person who enjoys thinking through a problem, with hopefully a good solution at the end. So here's one solution I'm going to try: in order to get to the gym and not have to stop at home even on days I stay later than I'd like, I''m turning the trunk of my car into a mobile locker.

I already have 2 gym backs packed: one for water aerobics and one for working out in the weight room. So, I've decided to add a couple of extra pairs of socks, some shoes, shirts and shorts and I'll leave all of it in the trunk of my car.

Why was a bringing my bags into the house every night anyway? Other than drying my suit and towel in the shower, why bring in the whole bag?

I wanted to rent a locker at the gym, but due to health reasons (read: bed bug epidemic in Cincinnati), they don't allow that anymore. They clean the lockers each day. I'm grateful for that, but I'm having to come up with my own locker solution.

Life is not about being stymied by obstacles. It's about finding the way over, under or around the obstacle to get where you want to be.

I'll keep you posted on how this goes. I'm on my way to my basement to gather my clothes for my locker.

What's your tip for getting something done when time is being crunched?

I also have my grocery list template based on my favorite store's layout. They really threw me for a loop when they remodeled and moved all the stock around!
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    Oh my gosh! I was thrown for a loop when the remodeled and reorganized our grocery store too. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that happens too! LOL!

    I keep my workout bag in my trunk. I just pull out the dirty and put in the clean. That way I don't have any excuses for not working out. Sounds like you've got a good plan in place to work around the obstacles. Can't wait to hear how it works!
    2239 days ago
    Oh this is a good idea! I love that you think it thru and come up with a solution. I need to think mine thru so I can get some calorie burning activities back into my evening. My evening seems to melt away so quickly. Need to plug up that hole.

    I've been hearing about bed bug problems in lots of areas around the country. I've had two friends, in two states have the issue and it was not fun to fix. Ick.

    Please keep us posted on how things are going!

    2244 days ago
    "I already have 2 gym backs packed: one for water aerobics and one for working out in the weight room."

    Boinggggg! Now why didn't I think of that? I have so much in my gym bag that I can barely fit it in my locker. I bring it in every night because of the wet towel/swimsuit. I usually don't work out on days I swim. I'm going to use your idea. Thanks!

    I haven't been faithful to this idea but my plan is to treat my gym time like an appointment I have to go to, just like I have to go to work, I have to go to the doctor or I have to pick up someone who is waiting for me. I always fit time into my schedule for things I have to do without even thinking of it. What tends to foil my plans is having a rough day at work and feeling tired, hungry and frustrated by the end of the shift. If I go home, I usually don't leave the house again. Think I am going to "reset" and go back to the appointment with the gym mindset and make that appointment no matter what. After all, I can do what I need to do at the gym in an hour, then do more if I feel like it.

    2244 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2012 10:43:05 AM
    One thing I learned to cut out to save time was the dithering. Standing in one spot asking myself which way I should go wastes time. Either I should be investigating the two choices actively or making my decision.

    Another thing I'm still working on are the time-wasters. Things like videos and games that I squeeze in because "I need down time" that could have been more effectively used for some activity that actually benefited me like exercising or finding a new recipe to try.

    I do like your mobile locker idea. Once a week packing everything you'll need for the week, then having only those reused items you have to clean to carry in and out. (Just have to be careful that no damp from the water activity items gets into anything else and nothing leaks.)
    2244 days ago
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