We have all said this. “If I had more time, I would just be able to do this, and that and the other thing. But , I just don’t have more time!” Yes you do. We have 24 hours in a day. That is a lot of time to accomplish tasks. I know most people work 8 hours a day, and have to include travel time. But we can do this, if we evaluate how we are spending our time.
I am a great list maker, and I manage my time well–at work anyway. But, it is easy for me to get distracted, or to fall in line with others’ unhealthy habits. On the weekends, I end up making excuses as to why I don’t want to do something. But, then I am frustrated at myself because I didn’t get something done, and now it is really bothering me!
I was just thinking about my goal to work out–which is not going well at all, and I have been thinking about ways to make some extra money without it cutting into my family time. I really only get two days with my family. During the week, I am cooking dinner for them, packing lunches, and then getting everything around for the next day. Lately, I’ve been feeling like just someone in the background getting things done. It affects me negatively; but I enjoy doing these things for my family.
I began thinking about when I can find the time do do things and to do things for me…because when I am not happy, it affects others. I need time for me. I need time to accomplish my goals. But when and how?
This lead me to thinking about how I cannot get up in the morning, and how I stay up later at night. I spend my nights reading, so that is one goal that I have been working on consistently (yay!). I realized that if I could just function on less sleep time, then I could do stuff at night and in the morning!
So how do I do that? How? How do I shut off my brain at night, and force myself to get up in the morning? I remember how great it felt when I would get up with my husband, and get a walk/run in and still have time to do some chores; and I just feel like such a disappointment when I realize that I have not done this in months.
One of the steps we give clients at work is to break down how they spend their time in a week. There are 168 hours in a week. 168. Can you believe that? What can you do with 168 hours? How are you spending your time? I need to reevaluate how I am spending my time in one week, and cut out some unnecessary laziness. I make the excuse that my depression bogs me down, which is does, buy I cannot let it defeat me. I cannot and will not.
I am going to do this activity, and make a plan as to how I can manage my time even better. If I have to get up earlier than everyone else on the weekends just to get stuff done, I will. I need a change. I need to do things for myself. That’s what this wellness saga is all about. I am at the end of the 3rd month of the year and feel like I am not accomplishing a damn thing; because of fear and excuses.
So tell me, what are some suggestions you have for my current barrier of not being able to get up in the morning? I already take melatonin at night to help me fall asleep. What would you suggest for ways to be able to function on less sleep? What helps you?