That is exactly what I have been doing the last three or four days. I have been keeping track of time in basically 15 minute segments.
What I have been trying to work out for my own challenge is “Do I have the time it will take?”
Time is like water. It just fills whatever space available. But seemingly never quite enough of it.
So I have been looking at how I actually spend my days and where I could get more time and not really miss anything I am doing now.
I am on an exercise and losing weight streak. Doing 10,000 steps minimum per day (5 miles of walking for me.) With time to go in and out of the building, that takes me total just about 1 hour to get 8,000 steps and I get the rest with misc. things. Kris and I are now walking most places to lunch, which is a nice chunk of that time as well that counts toward the exercise. Better than driving.
I need to do email every day, but normally I only spend about an hour total in a couple of sessions on it. Not so this last week. I spent a lot of time working out some problems with Outlook, and discovered I missed a lot of email because I let it go and for some reason, after a week, Outlook started to just delete the email. I think I got that fixed, so if you have had something in my email you really want me to see, or a story for a pop-up that I have not responded to, and I didn’t respond after more than two weeks ago, send it again. Me and my weird setting on Outlook lost it I’m afraid. Sorry about that.
But normally only an hour or so a day on email. I spend 5 minutes on Facebook every other day or so. And every month I lay out Smith’s Monthly and every couple of months I do Pulphouse. So that is some reading and takes a few days of solid time.
Workshops take a little more time on homework days, but mostly just the recording takes some time. But all that is easy to work in and around.
So with food, decent sleep, television and a movie at times, I end up on average with about 4-5 hours a day of writing time.
Holy smokes, that is a lot more than I thought because I have been letting what few tasks I have fill the time I had far more than I needed them to. Yet when I wanted to write something, I always had the time. Now I know why. Duh.
But until I actually looked at it, tracked it, I flat hadn’t noticed, how much it was.
I have a friend that is retired and basically does nothing, and he told me one day that he is so busy doing nothing, he can’t imagine actually doing something like writing. Time is like that. Perception of time.
So I have been doing the tracking in 15 minute segments for a number of days now, as I have told so many others to do over the years. And without effort, I found four to five hours.
So “Do I have enough time to do the challenge I am thinking of doing?”
Oh, heaven’s, yes.
There went that excuse.