Monday, May 9, 2011
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.