Yesterday I went to take a picture of the salad that I made for dinner to share on Instagram, because I loved all of the colors. I was writing my caption, and it got me thinking about scheduling.
So often I find that there isn’t enough time for everything, so I pick and choose what I want to do in the time period allotted. After my funky day on Monday and not working out, I knew that I was going to get in a bike ride yesterday, no matter what time I got home.
I got home at 6:30.
It was late to pack up my bike and take it to the trail, but I knew I had enough daylight hours to do it with plenty of time, so I hurried and did it.
I got in my 12 miles in a little less than 45 minutes, packed up, and headed home to unload. I wanted to make dinner last night too, because I’ve been bad about it lately and have felt like a slacker in the kitchen. After taking my bike off the rack, I headed to the grocery store to pick up salad ingredients. Obviously it’s not a cooked meal, but it’s better than grabbing takeout for the umpteenth time this month.
And then I made the salads and sat down to eat at around 8:20. It was a later night, but I was able to be flexible with the schedule that I had to fit in everything that I wanted.
This doesn’t happen all the time. In fact, often when I have more time I get less done, because I have more time to waste. I take my time getting ready or sit for just a few minutes longer. But when I’m rushed for time and am committed to doing everything, I can usually somehow make it work.
That being said, I don’t belong to a gym right now, and I have a bit of a fear of running or working out in the dark in the morning. My neighborhood has a gym that’s pretty nice I use in the afternoons, but it even makes me a little nervous to use that in the morning because it’s unstaffed. They also don’t turn on the pool lights early enough for me to swim before it’s light out, and I have to leave for work by 7:00. That’s just why I won’t workout in the mornings right now. Usually I’m able to get home earlier than 6:30 too.
Oftentimes when I’m sitting around wasting time or finding myself being unproductive, I think about this quote and make myself feel better about my choice of doing nothing at the time. But the truth of the matter is, nights like last night really do remind me that a lot of my “wasted time” isn’t even really even time I enjoy. It’s just plain wasted time. And it makes me want to waste less time and use more of my time productively.
Is this true for you? Do you find you sometimes waste more time when you have more time to waste? How do you make sure you’re as productive with your time as possible?