The time management

Tweeting

Today I have been wondering about how some people seem to have time for everything. They have kids, they have a farm of their own, they are actively taking part into politics, they have another family company, they are going to the gym like every day, they have other hobbies, and they study in a city an hour away from their own. And they do that everything, not just one or two of those mentioned above.

How do they do that? Am I the only one who doesn’t get it? Let’s see, I have one kid, and a job – no free time for anything else. Am I missing something here? The image of me getting back home, then heading right away to some activity group or a hobby is something… Well I mean, I could do it, with no doubt, but then I wouldn’t be able to spend any time with my daughter, E, that I feel I do too little already when working. Is it all about attitudes?

The life is about choises. Someone has said that anything is possible. But for reaching that ‘anything’ means I need to give up for something else. I really don’t understand how the example above could be possible. I don’t. But I have seen it with my own eyes. Maybe my friends are just that hyperactive? Do they sleep? Like ever?

The husband of my (other) friend was complaining for some time ago that sleeping was the most unnecessary thing in the human life. In the meaning that the time used for sleeping wasn’t productive at all and he couldn’t get any money for sleeping. Or that’s how I understood it. But I have surprised myself thinking the same lately. All I seem to do when having a little free time of my own is – yeah – sleep. It is not funny at all. I have so many plans I would do when I have time: write my novel-to-come, go for a walk, watch movies, phone a friend… and then all I end up doing is to sleep. *sigh*  I could do something else, too. Sleeping takes so much time of my day. I don’t mean I would need to get any money for it (though that sounds a pretty much a dream job, literally), but I would so much like to have something else in my life than just my job and my dearest E.

Ok, well, there could be some things that are stealing my time when I’m not looking. One could be my computer (this blog, facebook, twitter and some silly computer games I enjoy playing when I’m alone). For someone else it could be tv or – I don’t know – even sleeping? There has been plenty of mornings when I end up running for my bus after tweeting without watching the clock. But really, is there much more to do at 5 am?

Let’s see. I was hoping more time for these above:

  1. write my novel-to-come (well, this could actually work, if my brain would wake up at the same time as the rest of me does, and I have the feeling I may have done it sometime. The results may vary a bit. Maybe this would be the thing that would make my texts extraordinary!)
  2. go for a walk (well, you know, at 5 am? And I will be getting out soon enough – running to my bus anyways, so I think it’s not that necessary at that moment. And if I needed to shower afterwards I should be going for a walk like at 4 am anyways…)
  3. watch movies (umm, yeah, like I had 3 hours before – yes – running to my bus again. Why are the newest movies that long anyways? Who has 3 hours time to actuallt watch them? I don’t.)
  4. phone a friend (yes! this is it! They would be really pleased with me if I phoned them at 5 am. I wouldn’t have to worry about phoning them again, though.)

Yeah. Not so good options, any of them. So I’ll end up twittering again, probably. That’s fast and fun and there’s no need to disturb any friends that are comfortably sleeping under their blankets.

So, just wondering if my lack of time is all about my bad time management. Or not having energy drings enough? Come on, what’s your secret? How do you do it?

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3 thoughts on “The time management

  1. A successful Irish businessman, Bill Cullen, said that his grandmother once told him “Sleeping is the closest thing to dying that you’re going to do in life, so don’t do too much of it.” He himself generally gets between four and five hours’ sleep a night, and says that rising early has been absolutely crucial to his success.
    As for things that one can realistically do at 5:00 am, here are some: Read, work on a language, answer e-mails, do ambitious planning-for-the-day-at-the office type-stuff. Not that I often succeed in doing any of those things, of course, whatever resolutions I have made the previous evening …

    1. I remember reading from somewhere (I’m not that specific as you, apparently) that a human being fysiologically (is that a word..?) needs only that 4-5 hours of sleep and the rest of our 8 hours of sleep is only laziness. I’m not sure about that, though, I believe we all need a different amount of sleep to be functional. Your ideas of using time were good ones, though it seems a bit hard for actually *do* anything that effective at that time – for me at least. Maybe I’m just that lazy..? 😛

  2. The word is “physiologically” (you were right phonetically, anyway;)). I agree with you that the 4-5 hours thing seems rather counter-intuitive. As in, I have known several people who, no matter what time they have gone to bed, are incredibly grumpy if you wake them up before 9:00. Bill Cullen’s answer to that, as set forth in his book ‘Golden Apples’ is: just set your alarm clock back by one or two minutes every night, and before you know it you’ll be waking at the crack of dawn, or before. But since he is currently having trouble repaying a loan worth €8.2 million Danske Bank, you might not want to take all his advice too literally;)

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