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.