I know what you are thinking.
But what if I tell you that this little homework assignment will change your life? Are you interested now?I am way to busy to do some little homework assignment for Heidi. She must be crazy if she thinks that I can sit down for five minutes to do something that isn't required!
As you know, we kicked off the Scheduling series this week. But before we create individualized schedules, we need to figure out what is most important in our lives.
Right now grab a piece of paper and list what you feel is the most important things/people in your life. Rank them in order of importance.
Finished? Great job!
I am guessing that you wrote down something like this:
- My husband
- My children
- My friends
- My job
But if you are like me, what I think is most important is really not. And, I found this out when I tracked my time.
There are exactly 168 hours in a week. Sounds like a lot of time but in those hours we have a lot of commitments: we sleep, eat, get ready for the day, do laundry, fix meals, car pool, go to church, clean...and the list goes on.
Before Monday (that gives you four days to complete this assignment (smile)), I would like for you to list your weekly commitments. Type A's feel free to use a spreadsheet. Our Type B friends, the back of a grocery list is fine too.
Let me help you get started. How many hours a week do you spend on the following:
- Fixing meals
- Playing with kiddos
- Surfing the internet (am I getting personal here?)
- Planning activities for the kiddos
- One-on-one time with the hubby
Be honest with yourself and God. I encourage you to talk to your husband as well. Does your list match what he thinks you do with the 168 hours per week?
When you are finished, come back to our blog and record your time in the comments. Fill free to leave your answer anonymous if you need to.
Then have your list in hand as you read Monday's blog post. I will share my results and we will dive headfirst into our "Scheduling Success" series.
How do you spend your 168 hours?