Are We Time Poor?

time-poor

adjective
1. lacking spare time or leisure time
2. under pressure to complete activities quickly

We have 168 hours in a week.
Using an assumption that we sleep for around 7 hours each day, that leaves 119 hours awake.

That’s soooo much time. Well, lets just deduct some of the usual time commitments (estimated average times):

  • 35 hours paid employment (based on the minimum UK full time working hours)
  • 10 hours commuting (based on 1 hour journeys each way)
  • 9 hours getting washed and dressed
  • 10 hours chores (grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc).
  • Caring for dependants…could be 24 hours a day so I won’t deduct this for now.

We’re now at 55 hours per week leisure time (if you don’t look after somebody else).
If this time is being spent on ourselves, getting quality time with family and friends, learning and resting, you could say that it is time well spent.
But still, ask yourself, how often do you feel like you don’t have time to do the things you want/need to do?
– Never
– Occasionally
– Often

If the answer to this question is ‘Often’, it would be worth thinking about where this time is being spent.
A really simple thing to try is at the end of each day for 1 week, jot down a quick ‘round up’ of the main things you have spent you time on (aside from those in the list above). You should notice a pattern.
You may find that all of the things are productive, but there may be some you spend much more time doing than needed.

When I did my ‘round up’, I found I was spending more time than I should on (don’t judge me):
– Social media
– Watching clips on YouTube (none of these were educational)
– Online window shopping (not for actual windows!)

None of these are bad. Even so, considering I ‘didn’t have time to’ improve my Spanish, do the DIY odd jobs at home, or do creative things, it was a no brainer that at the very least, I needed to reduce the time I spent browsing online, to make time for the things I didn’t have time for.

Give it a try. If you do, leave a comment to let me know how it worked for you.

Are you time poor?

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