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Not Enough Hours in the Day?

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Thursday, April 01, 2021

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” …… Jack London.



Not enough hours in the day?
We’ve heard it a jillion times. Truth be known, if we had more hours in the day, would we accomplish more? Would we be happier?

But if we have been short changed—here is my solution:

1. Shorten the list of things to do. Keep it simple and move on.
2. Extend the hours of the day by rising an hour earlier. Or stay or up an extra hour.



Monday morning, I was drinking my coffee and putting around in the kitchen. I opened the junk drawer and said, “Today is the day!” I like to problem solve, and I do not like clutter, so I did not waste another minute. My real drawer looks close to this after cleaning it out.

Motivation spilled over, so I cleaned the rest of the kitchen drawers, organized the pantry, and washed the windows. (I know-obsessive-lol) But it did not take much time.
So, if there were more time in our day, would our ‘to do’ lists be longer? Could it be it is all relative after all, and the solution lies in prioritizing.

When my day comes to an end, I like to have something to show for my time. But some of that is pure enjoyment too--not to be forgotten! Life is short.



And that someone could be you! Invest your time wisely and you will find rewards--in having more time for you! (I love that I always get things done but have time for a good book!)

If I find myself feeling stressed, that is a red flag and I make sure I have not overloaded the list. Not all things to do are urgent. So then, would the answer be ‘more time’ or ‘less’ tasks? What works for you?

Mid morning: Back from a nice walk w/ hubby in the warm sunshine. Any more the house is tidy and clean early--and the rest of the day is for play and doing what we want to do. Not 'have to."

Thanks for reading today--and Happy April 1 to you!
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  • DJ4HEALTH
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  • BONNIE1552
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  • TERRIJ7
    In the middle of selling houses and cleaning/restoring another one. I keep saying that I need a clone or two, but truthfully probably just need to apply your good advice.
    34 days ago
  • MSEMBERSTORM
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  • -TITANIUM-
    You ALWAYS motivate me! I want my drawers to look like that!
    40 days ago
  • LIVESTRONG888
    I always find it's a sign of things getting better with me when I start cleaning, organising and divesting of things I don't actually need. I'm also getting better at not acquiring new stuff I don't need (which is probably the real trick).
    41 days ago
  • ROCKYCPA
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  • MARKSMOM3
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  • SPARKUVU
    I am having time management and clutter problems not solutions-----grrrrrr. But, just like my Sparking, I'll keep working it anyway!
    42 days ago
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  • SUMMER33
    Wonderful ...I need to follow your great example ...I seem to move things from one closet to the next
    42 days ago
  • SMORSEBVR
    Thanks!
    42 days ago
  • 1DARKHORSE
    My girls did some spring cleaning for me since I'm still not able to do stairs or move much. They cleaned out 3 closets and boxed up a pickup full of donations. My son dropped them off at Salvation Army and he told me there were lots of people there dropping off as well.
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    42 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    I'm Spring cleaning here lately. I pick one area and work on it till it's done. It may be an easy task on the days I don't feel full of energy. Like cleaning out files in the file cabinet. High Energy days, really cleaning, scrubbing, mopping, etc. I've gotten rid of a lot of clutter here lately- makes me feel good!
    24 hours is plenty, finding a good balance makes it work better.
    I've gotten my sleep schedule much better now and up earlier, so I can get more things done, whether around the house, fun times, or going out! Thanks for the awesome blog. emoticon emoticon
    43 days ago
  • AQUAGIRL08
    Most of the time I tend to be extremely well organized. (Obsessive?) I also tend to make lists so I can see what needs to be done. I put a star beside those tasks that must be done right now and do the other tasks over a period of time. If there is a task that is more difficult than the others, I organize that task first. I think that jumping in and trying to “wing it” just makes me spin my wheels and wastes time. I like to know if something will need specific materials or equipment to complete the task. In the past, I found myself wasting time by being totally unorganized. Setting myself up with a schedule works for me. It allows me to complete what I need to complete so that I can do some fun things too.
    43 days ago
  • THOMS1
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  • NANHBH
    I love the idea of a useful drawer!

    What works for me are less tasks. I’ve learned to let a lot go.
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    43 days ago
  • CINDYCHARLENE
    I never thought the time would come when I would have time for myself, without feeling guilty for taking it, since I have a big family.. But getting ill has forced me to slow down to live and I am blessed with a son who lives with me and makes sure I have rest time. He does the laundry, the dishes, cleans and organizes and anything else he can think of to do. I decided to stop feeling guilty and just do let him help and do what I can. I had a teacher give a little time management demonstration one time. She had a person come help her. She several containers, one with big rocks, another with marbles, another with sand and then water.. She told the helper to put all of them in a quart jar. Well she couldn't get them all in. So then she dumped out the contents into the separate containers and told us she would get them all in. She began with the rocks first, then added the marbles and gently shook them all into the spaces, then she added the sand and likewise worked the sand in around the rocks and marbles and then she added the water. to our surprise she got every last item in the jar. Her demonstration was to show that the most important tasks should be done first and as time permits add the others and they can all be worked in.. If it isn't all worked in then at least the most important is accomplished. I tried to remember that and not feel guilty if I didn't get everything done I wanted to get done.I rarely got everything accomplished. But I kept working at it. Now I don't have to worry about any of those household chores that used to frustrate me when I couldn't work it all in. emoticon .
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  • MSMOSTIMPROVED
    I have struggled with this all my life. I have adult ADHD so I have strategies that I use. They work when I’m organized but my world falls apart when I’m disorganized and that doesn’t take much. Clutter is my enemy. The daily struggle is real so thanks for the reminder.
    43 days ago
  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Time management so important
    43 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
    It seems like the time goes quickly, but not too quick for me. I am happy spending time reading with the dog in my lap. It doesn’t feel like “wasted” time, nor is it “boring”... I believe we bore ourselves more than that things are boring, so as long as I am happy with what I am doing... no boredom!
    43 days ago
  • SHAWFAN
    emoticon and emoticon I've been doing some "Spring Cleaning" almost daily. Especially when it's sunny as that's the best time for me.
    43 days ago
  • RORYLYONS
    emoticon It’s been hot and with Easter 🐣 on board cleaning is a priority. Painting is being considered soon. Happy Easter emoticon

    43 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing. Great Blog
    43 days ago
  • ALICIA363
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    "I shall use my time" - great quote. Living my best day here; hope you are, too, there!
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  • SUEARNOLD1
    Great blog Jan . ...

    A workable plan. Now for the implementation (the hard part) emoticon

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  • SHAKERATTLEROLL
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    "He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength." Isaiah 40:29
    43 days ago
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    love how you get things done emoticon
    43 days ago
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  • JUSTJ2014
    I always think if how much time I invest in things. It is so precious. emoticon
    43 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    emoticon Well done for just doing it, sorting that drawer, I am so good to procrastinate and put things off, never getting round to writing a list but wrote one today and am working my way very well through it. emoticon emoticon I wasn't made a fool on April 1st but nice to think about my Father in Law, now in heaven whose birthday it was on that date. Hope you have a Happy April too. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    43 days ago
  • WHILLSW
    Good blog & reminder for me....I need to be more organized. When I've cleaned "junk drawers" in the garage I've had comments on how nice & neat they look....my kitchen drawers get organized but don't stay looking so great. I think I have too much "stuff" I probably don't need or use often.
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  • GRAMDEB16
    I hate clutter too! I found that spending a few minutes decluttering will actually give you more time because you won’t have to hunt for things. I am working on imparting that lesson on my 10-year old,
    43 days ago
  • PHATPAT18
    Thanks for sharing.
    43 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    I am with you on keeping a neat and tidy kitchen, I do not like clutter. Every day is precious, I try to make them full and fun. I too always put work before play. Trying to balance the two is hard at times but in the end its worth it! Have a great day!
    43 days ago
  • AZMOMXTWO
    working full time is not easy but I do like to keep busy so I do it being organized helps
    43 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    We have left our garage go and it looks like a hoarder lives there. We have started tackling one shelf, one section. Our St. Vincent de Paul is having a truck collection, so all my son's old furniture is going to go. I want to make room for a treadmill that a friend is giving me. I think it will be helpful for my building strength in my new knee. But yes the number of things that need to be done never seems to go down!
    43 days ago
  • PLCHAPPELL
    Understand the feeling
    44 days ago
  • LIS193
    It’s amazing once you start with one little thing how it spills over.
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  • MARYJEANSL
    All I can say is, if *I* were cleaning out my kitchen drawers, organizing my pantry (!), and washing windows, it would indeed take much time. Probably an entire day, truth be told, just on the pantry.
    44 days ago
  • ETHELMERZ
    I like to read about others doing things like organizing. Then I go on and do as I please...lol! But it keeps magazines and tv shows on the air...
    44 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Great reminder of how precious time is and that we have control to use it as we want.
    44 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    Like you I like to accomplish something.I used to be upset my husband did not accomplish as much as I do but I havegiven up, and ironically he is getting more done and says"I'll never keep up to Cheri but I can't have her leave me in the dust"
    44 days ago
  • ARTJAC
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  • NANANANA
    A few years ago, I cleaned what my husband called the junk drawer. It has stayed neat, except for the thing dh insists belong in there: several little pill holders for his pocket, extra bag clips & rubber bands. Other drawers have stayed organized if I am the regular user.

    Today I got a storage box with one end that will open while the lid stays in place. Putting away the new thermometer, I immediately saw where to use the box. Bandages etc. are just tossed onto the shelf. Now I can organize those things. This will provide easy access as needed and to put the new things in the back.
    44 days ago
  • GETULLY
    What a great start to the day! I did something similar - two filled boxes, one large bag, and a hat box moved out of the house to the resale store. I was picking things up and putting them in the car yet this morning on my way out of the house. Then I met a friend for knitting and kibbitizing.
    44 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Since my 3 spinal surgeries and diagnosis of A-Fib, I do not accomplish as much as I did when I was working full-time and had to fit the rest of my accomplishments in wherever I could find the time to do them. I can usually work on projects from around 9 AM until 3 PM and accomplish a fair amount, but around 3 the pain sets in and I am exhausted. Because of this, I put more importance on chores and less on things I enjoyed like reading and getting in touch with friends. By doing this, I found myself becoming depressed to the extent that all I wanted to do was to stay home. Luckily I recognized this fairly quickly, and with the help of my husband and close friends I gradually changed so that things evened out. I kept reminding myself that we are only here once and that time goes way too fast, so I made the changes that made me happy.

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    44 days ago
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