I think this one is self-explanatory. You get the idea. I only allocated an hour a night. In all fairness some of these are 2-3 hours one night and nothing on the other. Now, if you have 3, three-hour events, or 4 two-hour events, then you’ve already gone over the one-hour a day allotment.
*I know I can spend a full hour at the grocery store. Then there is shopping for clothes, toiletries. –Even though some department stores are adding grocery to their stock, I don’t think this saves me time as I spend additional time in those stores. It is convenient that I don’t have to make another stop and therefore saves on travel time.
*Appointments like doctor, dentist, massage, chiropractor, mani-pedi. For some reason my hair appointment takes three hours.
*Volunteering — just an hour a week, usually accomplished in a 2-4 hour lump once a month.
*School and community events.
*Social Activities, well in busy households these errands are the social activities.
*DIY projects and some Home Maintenance. Catching overflow that you would actually classify as an errand and not a hobby, homework, or cleaning. AND I think we’ve overshot an hour a day. So lets move on to the next segment.
An hour or more for homework. Does anyone remember teachers announcing that if there wasn’t any homework, to make some up by re-reading the chapter, or to run through the times table, or just open your book and study. Now grown up, it didn’t go away. If you have children of your own, you still have to make this time to stay on them to get it done AND be available for homework help. Then of course you’ll run into something you barely remember and will have to research it before you can teach it. OR, if you bring work home with you, your still carving this time out for homework …and wouldn’t matter if you have children or not. Even still, this isn’t about the typical homework we are all familiar with. Recently the collective is laying it on thick with making time for reading, puzzles, brain teasers maintain brain health. How long does it take you to do a crossword puzzle? 20 minutes? How long does it take you to do a crossword by a different author? Then also, how tempting is the word Jumble and Sudoku right next to the crossword? Does it take you an hour to do all the puzzles in the daily paper? When I started doing crossword puzzles, it’d take me all day. (I’d put it down and go back to it.) It didn’t take long before I could finish some puzzles inside an hour. If all this doesn’t matter to you in the grand scheme of things, it’s one more thing to think about when the collective brings it up and nags about another thing to do and that “nagging feeling” is what we are talking about here. So for this exercise it’s an hour no matter what you’ve got going on. (if you caught it, I got turned around, so, yes, pink/travel time is missing here and mint/homework suddenly appeared in the last installment. As of this posting we are at 17 out of 24. I view homework as more important than travel time, but travel time is one of those that happen because it is going to happen such as sleep, or eat, or getting ready, and as for cleaning … eventually you’ll get thirsty and have to clean a glass, or wash a shirt for something to wear. Homework although more important is something that you have to remember and make the time to do it. Hence the unintentional flip-flop. In the end when it is all stacked up, one way or another it doesn’t matter. Follow this blog to find out why. As of this posting we are at 17 out 24 hours.)
I explained this to my daughter once. Even though I thought I did my fair share of driving everyone to accommodate their plans, she was mad that I didn’t do it more often for her and her friends. As we left the driveway, I pointed to the clock on the dash and said we will time it. It took 10 minutes. Then I explained that it is going to take 10 minutes to get back home. That is a total of 20 minutes. Then, when I go pick her up, I have to take another 20 minutes to do it all over again. A total of 40 minutes. Then add time for each kid to pick up or drop off along the way.
A total of 40 minutes!
Actually I enjoyed having “car-time” with my kids and I love driving. What I didn’t like was how much time it actually took just to make a short jaunt.
…Plus all the stopping and starting, to get home to start something then stop and pick everyone up.
…And… that it seemed to happen when I wanted to eat. (we usually cook once then fend for ourselves for two days.)
For travel time, that is just dropping kids off at the skate park, movies, or at a friend’s house. So what else is there:
- to work and back
- to school and back
- multiple schools …with different start times?
- do you work out at home or at a gym?
If all this traveling takes more than an hour for you, we probably already have it covered with something I overshot with eating or cleaning or something. By the way this is just the travel time to do errands, not the errand itself. That is coming up later.
If you have ever got home and marveled at how long it took just to make a few stops; this is why. It all adds up.