I glanced at the clock, 10 minutes to go. Lunches made, bags packed, kids dressed, tick, tick, tick. I flicked the switch on the kettle for the fifth time that morning, determined to have that cuppa before leaving the house. The announcement was made, “Mummy is having her tea, please get your shoes on and brush your hair”.
I sunk into my chair, sipping my tea, trying to relax. Ten minutes that is plenty of time. Or is it? Quick time check and WHAAAATTTT!!!!! It is time to go, NOW.
Tea is gulped, kids are shuffled to the door as I grab my work bag and laptop.
Where did that time go?
I arrived nice and early and sat at my desk. My client was due soon, what can I squeeze into this 10 minutes? I start that email summary, it won’t take me long. One sentence written and she is here. I am frustrated now that I have started a train of thought I cannot finish.
Where did that time go?
I have an hour to spare as I head for home. A quick stop to food shop, this won’t take me long. I have a whole hour, I could probably do more.
One hour later, the shopping is now spread across the kitchen bench, waiting to be put away. I am flying out the door to collect the kids, running late and irritated not knowing when I will get the food packed away now.
Where did that hour go?
And so it goes on…….we quickly squeeze this in, thinking it won’t take very long. We just pop in here, because it will take no time at all. We start a task without considering how long we actually need to complete it.
We fill in the gaps of our days with tasks that take twice the amount of time we have available.
What if we allocated the time we needed for a task?
Imagine having the 2 gorgeous hours each week to food shop because that is how long it takes to drive their, shop, drive home, unpack and put away.
Imagine sitting down at night with your feet up, able to look at the laundry pile, knowing you have time allocated to tackle and finish it tomorrow.
Imagine having the half hour for lunch. The time needed to prepare a healthy and delicious offering, to eat it slowly while enjoying every mouthful.
Imagine enjoying the gaps in your day as time for YOU? Ten minutes reading a chapter of your book, instead of half finishing a report.
Do you squeeze it all in, only to end up with a mishmash of unfinished tasks?
Do you underestimate how long things take?
What could you do differently this week?