We have 168 hours to play with every single week.

Now admittedly every good girl should be sleeping for at least 42 of these hours – but what about the rest of them?
Like a lot of people I often feel I don’t have enough hours in the day.  But after talking about releasing space and time this year in my post last week, I thought I’d monitor where all these hours go.
Here’s a brief summary:
– Sunday to Thursday (my working week)
6. 30am – cup of hot lemon water in bed 7am-9am – shower, dress, primp + preen, breakfast, check Twitter/emails, listen to last night’s episode of The Archers 9am-10am – yoga practice 10am-11. 30/12pm – writing, speaking to or emailing clients, general business admin, lesson planning 12pm-7pm – seeing clients at the clinic, teaching yoga, working in kids’ after school clubs depending which day it is (with an hour for lunch of course). 7pm-8pm – packing up the clinic, coming home, checking Twitter/emails, catching up with Himself, eating 8pm-10pm – reading, chatting, watching TV, doing endless laundry (the curse of the massage therapist!) 10pm-10. 30pm – journalling, reading in bed, lights out!
Friday + Saturday (my «weekend»)
8am-10am – shower, dress, primp + preen, leisurely breakfast 10am-11am – yoga practice 11am-1pm – check Twitter/emails, send out client reminders for the week, work on projects, walk or bike ride 1pm-2pm – lunch 2pm-6pm – spend time with friends and family, eat cake, hang out with Himself, read, write, indulge in stuff that makes my heart sing and try not to think about work. 6pm-11pm – eat delicious food either in or out, watch films, play games, hang out with friends and family, maybe a snifter of wine…. 11pm – reading and lights out.
Now if I’m really honest I probably waste a lot more time on Twitter than I’m letting on. I probably check my emails more often too. It’s also really hard not to think about work 24/7 when you own your own business. So my «weekends», such as they are, aren’t like my weekends when I worked in that cushy office job!
But I’m still procrastinating a little too much. There’s nothing wrong with sitting around daydreaming. In fact a good bit of daydreaming is good for the soul. But don’t let it get in the way of the things you want to do.
Truth is I really want to write a book.
I’ve had the outline sitting on my laptop for two years. But there always seems to be something else to do. Clients to see, blog posts to write, articles that need a deadline, classes to teach, a house to clean, meals to cook, sleep to be had (I love sleep, it’s my favourite thing).
But if I really want to do this I have to carve out the time and, as my dear friend Corrina says in her recent blog post, «make it my number 1 priority».
So it’s time to look at my 168 hours again and cut out a little bit of that daydreaming and messing about on Twitter, to accept that I don’t have to answer every email within an hour and to do something just for me.
What would you like to be doing with your 168 hours?
If you’d like more information on the 168 hours project take a look at Laura Vanderkam’s book.

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