Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Challenge

I hear a lot of the same things from people:

Questions about how many children we are going to have.

Why we are choosing to homeschool.

How busy our house must be.

But lately the statement I hear the most is: "I just don't know how you fit everything in".

And the truth of the matter is Octamom is right , no one gets it all done.

And I am always looking to be more efficient, to cut out the wasted time in my life.

Now, I am not talking about time to recharge- I am talking about time that I waste doing stupid things, things that don't matter in the long (or short) term for my life or for anyone elses.

But here is the thing. We all (whether we have no kids, 1 kid, 4 kids or 8 kids) have the same number of hours in our day. Yeah, some people may work a little more, some people may need more sleep etc., but not one of us has more or less hours than anyone else.

We just all choose to spend our time on different things.

I have been thinking about picking 2-3 days and keeping careful track of where my time is going and making sure it is lined up with my priorities.

Obviously, I will probably waste less time on those days since I know I am keeping track.

But that is ok, I think the exercise still has the potential to be eye opening.

I am planning to keep track of Monday (14th) and Tuesday (15th) next week and possibly Wednesday 9 (16th).

I will write a synopsis of what I found out about my time management on Thursday the 17th.

Anyone care to join me?

If you do, pick a day or two between now and next Thursday and jot out your life. Be ready to comment what you discover on my post next Thursday (or write it on your blog and I can link it).

I am looking forward to actually knowing what percentages of my life are being spent on what activities!


Renae said...

I am curious to see what you think is a waste of time and what you think is productive! ...waiting to read your synopsis! sounds like a fun plan!

Renae said...

...but sorry I won't be joining in with you. I pretty much know how my days are spent already -- hope you find some others to do it with you.

Grandma Debbie said...

I know we all have the same number of hours in a day, and that I waste time in my day, but I once heard a sermon by Mark Driscoll that made a lot of sense to me.

He likened each person's time to a plate. Some people have a dinner plate that they can heap on the activities and commitments. Others have a salad plate. It takes fewer commitments and activities to fill their plates. Still others have a bread plate, and it takes very little to fill it to capacity.

I am responsible to see that my plate is filled with productive high-priority activities and commitments, but I don't have to feel guilty if my plate doesn't hold as much as someone else's, or if I can't fit one more thing on my plate.

Jackie said...

I'll join you on this one--it'll give me something else to blog about. I'll aim for Mon and Tues since one is a teaching day and one isn't. The question will be how to categorize/describe activities, especially when I'm doing more than one thing at once, which is often.

Foster said...

I think this is a great idea. I am with you. I need to find out what I can eliminate from my day, or how to better manage my time. I'm not sure I am that good at multi-tasking. I will aim for Monday and Tuesday as well.