Stuff We Do With Our Time #2 – Eating

So much to do, so little time.  One of the big problems in my life (and I suspect yours) is that it seems there is no time to cram in everything that needs to get done.  So, I am doing an examination of every activity that currently makes up my life as well as every activity that should make up my life to see if it does in fact exceed the amount of time that I have available.  If it does, then I will need to figure out which activities need to be eliminated or how can take my existing activities and make them more efficient so that I can fit it all in.

In my last blog post, I covered one of the most time-consuming activities and that is sleep.  In this post, I am covering eating.  How much time does eating take up…or how much should it take up?  This isn’t an easy question to answer.  The reason why is that eating can be combined with other activities.   If I include my lunch hour at work as work time, then I would not count the time eating lunch on weekdays.  For the purpose of this exercise however, I will not count the lunch hour as work.

For now, I’m going to estimate 15 minutes for breakfast, 30 minutes for lunch and 60 minutes for dinner.  Does it take that long to actually eat?  But I am including prep time.  Breakfast has minimal prep time.  Lunch is a little more involved because it may involve driving to a restaurant or heating something up.  Dinner is the biggest meal and could involve significant time in the kitchen for the one preparing it.   I think the estimates above are reasonable averages, at least as a starting point.  So, we are looking at 105 minutes per day (or 1 hour and 45 minutes).

Our tally so far is, 10 hours and 45 minutes per day for eating and sleeping.  That comes out to 75 hours and 15 minutes per week and 3,923 hours and 45 minutes per year.

Stuff We Do With Our Time #1 – Sleep

As a review, this blog (among other things) will be covering the subject of time.  This blog was started for two reasons:

1) I wanted to commit myself to writing more in 2017.  This is a bit of a New Year’s Resolution of mine.

2) I want to take a look at everything in my life that I need to do (or that I think I need to do), and figure out why I cannot seem to do it all in the time that I have.  It is my belief that you will also benefit from this project.

So, I am compiling a list of everything in life that has to be done or that I think has to be done and look at how much time it takes up.  I am convinced that I have 8 or 9 days worth of stuff to do each week with only 7 days to do it.

The first item on my list is going to be the activity that takes up the most time and that is…sleep.  Now, when I say “sleep”, I am not referring to actual sleep.  I am referring to the time that one should allocate to sleep.  I am an insomniac and so the number of hours I actually sleep each night may vary.  But, for the purposes of this project, I will pick a number of hours that I should, or will allow myself to be in bed.

A number of years ago, I listened to a radio interview with Dr. Archibald Hart on the subject of sleep and he recommended giving yourself 9 hours to sleep each night.  So, that is the number I am going to go with.  Now, if you are part of the 1% to 3% of the population that is what is known as a “super-sleeper”, then you would give yourself less than 9 hours.  Super-sleepers are able to get by on much less than the 7 to 8 hours recommended by sleep experts.  My wife thinks that I may fall into this category, but the jury is still out on that.

Sometimes I will get a solid night of sleep in less than 9 hours, but 9 hours is what I am going to go with for now.

So, what does this mean?  It means that my current tally is:

9 hours of things to do each day (out of 24)

63 hours of things to do each week (out of 168)

3,285 hours of things to do each year (out of 8,760)

That was an easy one.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Time For Stuff!  This is the first post in a blog that will cover the issue of time.  Time is something that each of us has and time is something that each of us has equally.  Nobody is rich when it comes to time.  There is no 1%.  We’re all equally wealthy when it comes to time.  It is just a matter of how we allocate this resource.

Time is a subject that I was interested in from a very early age.  At the age of 3, I was reading analog clocks and drawing calendars on pieces of paper.  I wasn’t your typical toddler.  Neither is my son, who at the age of 3 was building irrigation systems in our living room using spare pipes and sprinkler heads.

Anyway, my interest in time eventually gave way to an interest in dinosaurs, Superman, baseball and other things a normal child would enjoy.  But as an adult, and especially as a parent, there has been a rekindled interest in the subject of time.  However, this interest has more to do with frustration than it does with fascination.  There is just not enough time in the day to do all the things that I need to do.  I need to work.  I need to feed and bathe my kids.  I need to eat.  I need to sleep.  I need to exercise.  Etc. Etc.  If I were to compile a list of all the things in life that I need to do and calculate the time it takes to do all of those things, I am convinced that it would add up to a much greater amount of time than the 168 hours I have allocated to me each week.

So, that is exactly what I’m going to do with this blog.  I am going to create that list of things that I need to do, or would like to do, and determine how much of my day, week, month or year that it uses up.  From there, I will determine what things I really need to do and what things are optional.   And then from there, I will determine the best way to create a schedule that accommodates all of the necessary activities in life in a way that leaves me feeling happy, rested and balanced.  My hope is that you will also benefit from my little project and that it will make a positive impact in your life.

Now, while this blog is primarily about the subject of time, it will also deal with other subjects as well.  It is possible that one of these “other subjects” takes on a life of it’s own and becomes the main subject of this blog.  And if I have a very small blog audience, I would be able to pull that off pretty easily.