A Mere 120 Hours

Monday, May 9, 2011

I ask, “how do you spend a 120 hours?” I sat here this Monday morning looking at my weekly rhythm list when a thought occurred to me, “how much time do I really have?” 

I have this on-going list of items that during any given week I need to address. I like to break everything down; I need this first before I can start… I so believe in baby steps.
I suddenly realized 120 hours was not at all that long. Do you know how long that is?

When you do the math that is 5 simple days, 120 hours. I exclude weekends those are grab bag days, days I just grab and do but weekdays? I think I have figured out why people are so stressed, break it down.

Start with, if you are lucky enough to have a get in the car, go to work job; that consumes 40 hours minimum of that 120 hours. Then you have to have sleep to go to that job, which sucks up another 40 hours and BAM! You are left with a mere 40 hour. We ain’t done, sit back down.

The remaining 40 hours are sliced even further. You do shower, I hope; for a week let’s say 5 hours average. Then you have to get to that job. Let’s assume on the low side, 1 hour round trip and 5 hours total spent in transit. Whether you cook or dine out you can plan on an hour a meal each evening, minus another 5 hours.  Where are we, sitting right now, at 25 hours.

Sounds doable when you break it down but math is tricky like that. If you are coming home from a job you have to unwind don’t you? What about the children, should you be lucky enough to have them and what about pets? They both require time, attention and food as well. Heaven help you if you have both.

Let us not forget the wonderful phone that keeps you hopping however, then this could be multi-tasking. My phone only rings when I have food in my mouth. Even with multi-tasking there is a time slot for these actions. Figure in the unwinding, the little ones and the phone calls…

You are left with roughly 15 hours! Divide that by 5 and you have 3 hours a day to yourself, if you are lucky. Here in lies the stress. Three hours to decide, organize and accomplish, basically, one task a night. And if you are married; cut that in half because you will spend half your time explaining your decision. Then you go to bed and the entire cycle repeats itself.

A day, a week either way it adds up to 120 hours. Please, the next time you pass that yard that needs mowing or enter a house you are afraid to sit down in, remember my 120 hour explanation. Poor things just have too much on their plate.

I will around this evening to check everyone out. My 120 hours is starting with mowing. The sun has made a surprise appearance and now I can see the grass forest I have grown.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful start to your 120 hours.



Kathie @ Like A Box Of Chocolates said, 

Very true! I can't handle much on my plate, I admit it. Working full time stressed me out, I don't know how people do it...especially those with families, working full time, going to school, having pets and kids...I couldn't do it without becoming one stressed out mean person.

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May 9, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Karen Lange said, 

Yes, the grass has grown, that's for sure! Nice to see the sun here in KY. :) Hope you have a lovely day!

May 9, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

Time is an ever-changing element for me. Sometimes it moves so slowly. Sometimes it zooms by so fast I don't know what hit me. All I know is I am more aware than ever of time ticking away and I am trying not to waste it. Thanks, Jules.

May 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Suze said, 

We just had our yard cleaned up after about seven years of overgrowth. I kid you not. We are not yard people- but now we can see the house.

May 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
Bossy Betty said, 

Wow! This puts things in perspective! I need to get hoppin' around here!

May 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

As it's my birthday tomorrow I intend to enjoy at least 24 hrs. went to the hospital had my treatment which was one hour I did not like but it's over now.....have to return in 6 months.

Loved your post as always.

May 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Glynis said, 

I am so fortunate that my time is practically my own. DH is pretty independent so does not demand much from me.

Enjoy your relaxing time. :)

May 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Tracy said, 

Oh my gosh Jules, you make me tired just thinking of all the things I need to do; if I needed a reminder at all!
GeezLouise Girl...I'm already short on time as it is!
I'm finishing up lunch but wanted to head on over to your place to see what was in the works for the day. had an hour meeting this morning before school and probably an hour meeting after school so there are 2 hours gone.....

May 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
floweringmama said, 

For a few short weeks I have extra hours during my day that will be spent making strawberry jam, mowing, getting the garden ready, watering flowers, taking pictures, watching birds.... wow, if I keep this up I should only allocate 15 minutes to each one!

I'm lucky. . . hubby mowed for me! WOOHOO

May 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Jayne said, 

Oh dear. I need way more than 120 hours. What about time for daydreaming? ;)

May 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
Summer Ross said, 

Great post Jules- My 120 hours will get a lot freer starting tomorrow...ah the joys of a break...sighs. have a good week!

May 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
li said, 

When I think about all I have to do, it paralyzes me. So I make a priority list. And sometimes, the lawn, the dishes, and answering emails just has to wait a bit. The two things I always give to myself are a looooong hot shower and an hour to drink coffee and read early in the morning.

May 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
The Blogger Formerly Known As said, 

Even without a job, it’s surprising how many hours are frittered away on countless routines and mundanity. 120 hours doesn’t last ten minutes for me

May 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM  
Tammy said, 

Oh, this is too funny. Your post is what I read when I sat down at the computer in order to avoid mowing! Needless to say I agree, especially with the part about forgiving those of us who have really long grass! :}

May 9, 2011 at 8:05 PM  
Liz P said, 

It's kinda depressing when you break it down. I have about 2-3 hours per weeknight left, which has to be divided between husband, dog, dinner, general house maintenance/cleaning, relaxing/unwinding, and writing (if I have any drive left!).

May 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Pk Hrezo said, 

So did you just finish watching that movie? Did I miss that post? Crazy to think about spending 5 days in a canyon with 1 arm pinned, isn't it? Good grief.

Anyway, loved your answers on mon blog. Izzy rocks! You and I'd get along just fine. ;)

May 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
The Words Crafter said, 

wow, now I'm exhausted! and I feel deprived!!!! I vote to add more hours to the day. at least 4. maybe 6.

sadly, when I do have extra time (weekends), I'm too tired to really enjoy it. if I can, I sneak in a nap and catch up with my blogging friends.

May 9, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
February Grace said, 

I hope your 120 hours are all great ones this week.


May 9, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

I knew there was a reason I never got enough done! 120 hours, once we take everything we have to do into account doesn't give us much leftover. And let's not forget that those leftover hours aren't all going to be right-frame-of-mind hours.

Hope you're productive this week!

May 10, 2011 at 7:21 AM  
Ann said, 

Yes indeed, it is a wonder anything gets done. I have to say...I spend much more time than you have allotted explaining/arguing and justifying about what needs to be done.

May 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

People warned me that once I quit my job and started working for myself, I really wouldn't have as much time as I imagined I would. Sure, I've cut out 1.5 hours for the commute and I can truly multi-task while I'm on my 'lunch break' (tidy the house, pay some bills, etc) but other than that, any spare time gets filled up pretty quickly. Thanks for breaking it down for me like this - now I don't feel like such an irresponsible time-waster. It can't be helped! - G

May 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

On top of there being so few hours in a week, time seems to fly by even when there is some of it . . .

I hope you have a good week!

May 10, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Ella said, 

This explains all the wackiness in the world and crazy. It is sad and shocking. Thanks Jules for the Math lesson.
Hey can you do a happy dance for me?
I know you did one for Yvonne ;-D
I have cake...

May 10, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
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