I have been struggling over what to write about for my blog. I had a steady stream of reviews to post, but now my reading has tapered off, and I’m in need of some blog material. Isn’t it ironic that I started a book blog and now the blogging eats away at my reading time, giving me less material to blog about?!
I started thinking about my time management… First, let’s get sleeping out of the way. I generally sleep about 6 hours a night. Many nights it’s 4-5 hours, but for the sake of simplicity… I’ll go with 6 hours.
I work in an office 2 days a week for 6 hours plus 30 minutes commute time. I have a few after hours meetings and I also work from home occasionally.
Like many of you, I am a full-time mom. I have 2 young kids. One is in full-day school, the other in pre-school. I am their primary caregiver. My husband works long hours and travels frequently. I take care of making lunches, play dates, sporting events and activities, doctor appointments, etc.
Also like many of you, I am the primary caretaker of our home. I do all the household chores, I am in charge of all finances (oh, how did my book budget increase 100% this month?), I grocery shop, clean, cook, maintain, etc. I run this household. Oh, and I take care of our 2 cats. They aren’t really a “chore,” but they do require maintenance!
Since the fall of 2008, I have been an iPhone owner and I maintain an online social network. I frequent Facebook, Tweet and now I blog. With blogging comes research and my new task – learning to make graphics (example of pie chart below). Since that time I also became an avid reader and my TV watching time has dropped off to almost nothing. I hardly watch movies anymore, either. I still make it to the gym 4 times per week.
So with all that… when do I find the time to read? Well, I carry my book/Kindle with me EVERYWHERE! I read while my daughter is in gym class or my son is in karate. I read while in the doctor’s waiting room. I read in the parking lot before and after I run into the grocery store. I read while on the eliptical or bike at the gym. The bulk of my reading is done late at night, after the kids are in bed, the chores are done, the blog is updated and I’m in bed. When my husband is out of town, I will stay up until 1:00 or 2:00 AM reading. It’s still a small percentage of my week, however.
I created this pie chart by taking the average hours I spend on each “task” over the course of a week (you do all know I’m an engineer and planner, right?) At first I was surprised how the numbers shook out… But then as I looked at the chart, I realized, yep… this is my life. And unless I want to start giving up sleep or spending less time with my kids (well, sometimes I do want that!)… It’s not going to change.
On average what percentage of your time do you think you devote to reading? Computer time (blogging, twitter, etc.)? TV?