Just 4 Moms on Wednesday: Chronic Crunch

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I know you feel like there just isn’t enough hours in the day.  Me, too.  In fact, I am starting to wake up earlier so I can take advantage of a little “alone” time.  We’ll see how that goes.  Last time I attempted this, my darling daughters got wind of this and started joining me.  I was quietly pecking away on the computer in my office–how did they know??! 

The thing is this:  we all have the same amount of time each day–24 hours.  Some folks are just more efficient with their time, resouces, and energy.  Or, they have learned to prioritize differently. 

Here are some ideas for squeezing some more time out of your day to do the things that really matter:

  • Make a list or chart or whatever you prefer to categorize all of the things you do each day.  Think of yesterday, for example. 
  • Now look over that list–what did you spend time doing that didn’t really matter?  Too much TV time?  Too much Internet time?  Too much worry? 
  • Think of what you did do yesterday that actually mattered to you/your priorities?  Did you nurture your family?  Your career?  Your friendships (hummm…does Facebook fit into this category?  Maybe, but to a degree.  Make an appointment to see them in person and not on a screen)?  Your faith? 
  • What doesn’t matter?  You know the answer deep down.  Search for it and weed it out.  Slowly if you have to.  For me, it’s probably housework.  I am constantly de-cluttering.  I spend waaay more time flitting about the house de-cluttering when I really need to stop and hang out with my kids, even if it means snuggling them on the couch while they watch “Madeline” for the umpteenth time. 

You may like this book, “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” by Laura Vanderkam

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168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
– Hardcover (May 27, 2010) by Laura Vanderkam

About leslie1218

Author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012) frantically working on a novel that should be ready for submission this fall. Mom of two spritely redheads & one chubby basset hound whose stories & images appear in my writing from time-to-time.

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