A few days ago I had to leave the house by 8:00 AM for an appointment. For me this means I have to get up at the crack of dawn. (Okay, well, 6:00 AM. I need 2 hours of waking up time.) I was rushing around, running late (I hate you, SNOOZE button.) Since I always like to make the bed in the morning, I looked at the clock — 7:53 AM. Plenty of time. So I made the bed and glanced at the clock again — 7:57 AM. Done in 3-4 minutes. Not bad, with 3 minutes to spare.
This got me thinking.
Say I spend 4 minutes every day making the bed. That’s 28 minutes a week and 1,460 minutes a year. So how many hours is that? 24.3 hours.
And what about changing the bed? I want to sleep on clean sheets. So I added 10 minutes a week, calculating an extra 8.6 hours, bringing the yearly total to 32.9 -ish hours!
Yes. It takes over 30 hours to make my bed. What?
It’s a pretty simple queen bed setup. But still. Over 30 hours.
I started thinking of other personal daily essentials that amount to big chunks of time.
• Walking an hour a day, 4-6 days a week, depending on weather: 208–312 hours a year
• Brushing and flossing, twice daily, total 6 minutes: 36.5 hours a year
• Showering, 5-7 minutes per day: 30–42 hours a year, and that doesn’t include blow drying.
(And there’s so much more. Well you know what I mean. All the things we do as humans. Wink.)
And that doesn’t include work. Which is a whole other discussion. (Can you say, Facebook?)
So now I’m scheming ways to steal time from myself.
Here’s a big one.
One of my arch enemies, winning battles against me, almost every day, is the SNOOZE button. Set for 10 minutes, I confess it defeats me at least 5 times a week. That’s over 43 hours a year. 43 hours! That’s a whole work week. With overtime.
I’ve tried. Really I have. No, really. But SNOOZE is tempting, powerful, and relentless. It’s addictive.
But now that I know nasty SNOOZE is robbing me of 43 hours, it’s time for me to win the battle.
From now on, SNOOZE, you lose.
I refuse to give you 43 hours.