Today, I am going to talk about finding some time in a busy life. Propably, a lot of us would like to have a while to do something they like or just want. But sometimes it is very hard. There is a job; house to clean; family to look after; even sleeping takes great part of our day. And for most of us, this is just beginning of the list.
And where in all of this is time for ourselves? For having some relax, spending time with friends, or just sitting for an hour and read a book or watch at least one episode on netflix?There are people around us, who on a daily basis keep choosing between going out with their friends and sleeping 4 hours less than usually. There are some, who will try to multitask (and I used to be one of this second group), but very often it turns out, that quality of their work decreased a lot. On the other hand, not all activities you can do at the same time. I mean, you can listen to a podcast you always wanted, while eating or brushing your teeth; but it would become more chanellenging if you would try to do so while solving very complicated math equations. At the same time, if you want to do two projects requiring same tools (for example computer), you can just more or less effectively keep switching between the two. I would not call it a multitasking, any way.
Another option is to cut a bits of time out of everyday’s activities. One hour less of sleeping; meals quicker to prepare (but not always healthier); taking 10 minutes shower, instead of half an hour bath (this is actually quite good, not only for your time, but also better for environment); and so on. I know people, who are getting very creative about cutting the time. One of my friends for example, started ordering food from restaurants, so she saved at least one hour daily (money wise it hasn’t look so well, I suppose). Her sister, on the other hand, did cut her beautiful hair, just to save time needed to take care of them…
But I don’t think, that cutting time from everyday activities will help you as much. It might be a good start, but I think, that amount of time we have for particular activities depends on how we prioritise them. I watched one of the TedTalks episode, where that women said (sorry, I forgot her name) about another business women, who claimed not to have time. However, when her basement have been flooded, she could manage to find seven hours (I believe) in one week, just to get it sorted. It’s almost full day in a full-time job! By the way, this episode has introduced me to this idea, I have just adapted it, as I can’t disagree with it.
I can understand it, because, even when I was back in Poland and I was working in two part-time jobs plus full time study, I could find a time to visit my grandma every day, when she was ill or to spend huge amount of time in government institution, when hard way I’ve learnt that I need to pay my tax every year (yeah, I know, I was very clever and prepared adult-to-be 😉 ). This was priority for me at that time and I couldn’t just let it go (well, technically I could, but being judged for not paying taxes at the age of 16 haven’t been something I dreamed of; actualy it was the sceariest thing at that time).
So, if there is something very important, you want to achieve, but somehow you can’t find time for it, think how your time is being used. Were these activities more important than this particular thing? Propably, quality time with people who mean a lot for you, might be more important; but about watching new episode on netflix or scrolling facebook’s feed… Well, I am not so sure. However, I am no the one to judge. You are the only person, who knows what is important in your life, so just think about it and do what is best for you.
And with this I am going to finish today’s post. I wish you all very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.