When my daughter began walking really well, I quickly noticed that my neat and organized life was going to change.
Suddenly every waking moment (and lots of moments when we all should have been sleeping!), I was consumed with the constant chores that come with motherhood. How would I ever be able to work full-time, care for my child, clean the house, and even think about having a minute to myself again?
The idea of a time study isn’t a new one, but I found it to be most helpful when explained by Crystal Paine in “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.” Crystal explains a surefire method for evaluating where you’re losing hours during the day: set your cell phone timer to ring every 30 minutes for a whole day, taking a second to briefly note what you did with your time during each 30 minute increment.
For example, I might wake at 6:00am and then set my timer to ring in 30 minutes. At 6:30, I’d take a second to jot down what I had done with my time: wake up, wash my face, check Facebook, make the coffee, etc. Then I’d reset the timer to ring in another 30 minutes.
You won’t believe how eye-opening this exercise is.
When I completed my time study, I found that I got so much more done than I was giving myself credit for. But unfortunately I also found pockets of time where I’d wasted my minutes foolishly. (What?! 30 minutes ago I was on Pinterest looking for a recipe and now I’m checking out 30 Hilarious Celebrity Wardrobe Fails?!)
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