Prioritising

I’ve never been very good with time management or prioritising, and I’ve actually written a post about it quite recently. The problem is, I’ve cut out everything that wasn’t essential and now I’m scratching around to try and find more time. 

Over the past few months, I haven’t managed to exercise as much as I wanted to. I’ve found the time to do something every day this month, but most days it has been a minimal amount. 

I did manage to get down to my normal weight after having Lia, but the lack of exercise and my fondness for eating crap has made me pile it back on again and I really do want to do something about it. 

The issue I have with losing weight is that everything I read tells me that the two most important things are exercise and sleep. I’m terrible at eating healthily, so I know that for me, exercise is the key to losing weight.

When it comes to looking after children, everything I read tells me that I need to spend more one on one time with them. Reading, crafting, playing, singing songs and talking. 

Neither of the children really get any one on one time because they are always together. When hubby has the kids I’m always upstairs working and when he’s in work I have both of them together. I’d love to spend more time with each of them individually. 

There are some basic things that I haven’t got around to doing too. I haven’t claimed child benefit for Lia and to be honest we could do with it. We could also do with the money I’m wasting on a mobile phone contract I haven’t got around to cancelling. 

I’d love to go out for a drink one evening or play some water polo. Next week my running buddy is back and I’m supposed to be going back to going for a long run every Wednesday, but I’m not sure where the time is going to come from. 

I work every day including the weekends. On a good day I finish around 1 am, it’s usually more like 2. If I’m lucky, the girls don’t get me up until just before 8 am but it’s usually around 7.30. 

 I have it in my mind to start back to morning swimming, but I’d need to be up by 5.30 am. When I’m not getting to sleep much before 2.30 am I’m just not sure I can put myself through it.2015-01-29 18.07.30

And anyway, would sleeping even less to fit in the exercise just make me fatter? 

So, there are a few things I’m considering. A lot of my work revolves around typing and my keyboard isn’t great. I’m wondering whether a better keyboard might make working easier. 

I’ve already combined exercising with walking the dog and combined drinking time with blogging time (sorry for the poor performance). 

I’m guessing that to lose weight I’ll have to eat less because I’m not going to fit in enough exercise. So the time I waste snacking when I’m working should free up a few more minutes a day. 

So, what else? I’d love to hear your suggestions. I’m not looking to save hours and hours, but a few minutes here and there would help. 

 

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10 Comments

  1. January 31, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    It’s a tough one. It’s difficult to squeeze everything in. I think it’s great you’re managing to multitask a lot anyway.
    Eating less is never a good option. Unless it’s eating less of bad things. Maybe assess your calorie intake and what each meal consists of. But to be honest I did that and it is really time consuming!! So probably wouldn’t help.
    Don’t think I’ve been very helpful :-/ is there anything else you can multitask to cut more bits down on?
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    • monsterid January 31, 2015 / 11:47 pm

      Actually Martyn that’s a really good point about calorie counting being time consuming. I had considered downloading the my fitness pal app but that really is time consuming so I might not bother, that’s just one extra thing I could do without spending time on.x

  2. Susan Langer
    February 1, 2015 / 4:23 am

    It sounds like you need a “time study”…I know that’s a dreaded word or pair of words but to see where your time is going you need to write it down for at least two days and then assess what you are spending most of your time doing. If it’s marketing, there are ways to decrease your time like usin Buffer or Hootsuite to send out blogs ot social media. If it is writing then what are you spending most of your time doing? research? actual writing? or editing? Again there are ways to minimize some of these things. I could give you more tips once you study your day or two. Just email me back through google email. Susan:)

    • monsterid February 1, 2015 / 7:57 am

      Thank you Susan that’s really helpful. I struggle to find the time for things like that, especially as writing isn’t my only work, I transcribe as well. If ever I manage to do that sort of a study I will certainly let you know, thank you so much for the advice.xx

  3. Sam - Up All Hours
    February 1, 2015 / 7:34 am

    It’s one big juggling act Ian’t it! I completely hear you. I only have one little one and still find the parenting/ work juggling act seriously tough. I think trying to get into some sort of routine is important and finding exercises you can do at home, even while the kids are there. Good luck and you will succeed because you have a great attitude about it all. Sam. X Ps- I use My fitness pal and it is great…..if you have the time!

    • monsterid February 1, 2015 / 8:14 am

      Thank you Sam, another vote for my fitness pal, I feel myself being swayed! Great idea about the exercises from home too, I have a 30 day shred DVD, I should dig it out and see if I can manage it when the kids are with me.x

  4. February 1, 2015 / 7:54 am

    I find my fitness pal really easy tbh hardly takes any time

    • monsterid February 1, 2015 / 8:11 am

      Thank you, it is definitely on my radar, I’ve used it before and found it very effective.x

  5. February 7, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    How about getting up 5 minutes earlier and then at some point in the day spending 5 minutes on some exercise? I would think the benefit gained from the exercise would outweigh the loss of 5 minutes sleep. Oh and always run upstairs!
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    • monsterid February 7, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you that’s such a good idea 🙂 I’ve got a bit more work on since I wrote this so I’ve started getting up at 6 to work to try to avoid working much past 2am so hopefully this busy phase will pass and I’ll manage to carry on getting up a few minutes earlier.x

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