Did you know there are 168 hours in a week? But how do you spend them?
I had the opportunity to examine exactly how I typically spend my time and it was illuminating. Divided into four types of activities – life functions, personal care, work and social life, I was surprised to realize that the bulk of my time was spent on stuff like grocery shopping, meal preparation and housework. And practically no time on personal self care or meeting with friends.
Now granted, the pandemic has influenced the last category, but if I am being honest with myself, even before we were in lock down, while I wanted to, I was not dedicating enough time to see friends.
When we attached a value score to what we did, it showed that I was doing the work that I valued most while activities like laundry scored really low.
But it does make you reflect on how you eke out more time to do what matters most to you, instead of just drifting, letting life pass by.
This is actually where the pandemic has been helpful because I have given myself permission to take a nap, read a book or just sit quietly when I want to. In the past I would have been guilty at such activities. Now it is guilt be gone. It doesn’t have to be all work and no play.
Nancy Trites Botkin says “Every moment I spend is my choice. Time allows that choice. We have the power to fill our lives with the things we want to be there.”
And I am choosing to live it differently, to fill it with what I truly value – family and friends, creativity and giving back.
In her talk Nancy also shared the number of weeks we have to spend – and by her calculations – if I lived until 80, I have only 520 weeks left. That sure gives a different perspective. And if the pandemic has taught us one thing, we cannot predict the future and have to take life one day at a time.
What about you? Do you need to revisit where you spend your time? Are you being true to your values? Stepping back and looking at how you spend your days is actually a good use of your time – you might be surprised. I know I was.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.