Opinions And Ramblings By Adam Kmiec On All Things

Time – Something To Think About

Every year, the National Bureau of Labor releases a report that outlines how people are “spending” their time.  I’ve always felt that the key word was “spending.”  Imagine if you had $24.00 to spend.  Every hour is a $1.00, every half-hour $0.50 and ever 15 minutes $0.25.  So when all you have is $24.00…and only $24.00 (we don’t get more time in a day), how you choose to “spend” that time gives you an idea of where your priorities are at.  The WSJ released a tool a few weeks ago that lets you identify how much time you spend in specific categories; for example sleeping.  You can then compare your time allocation to the National Bureau of Labor averages.  Check it out.  I think you’ll be surprised with the data.

While the WSJ tool lets you see a nitty gritty analysis of time, let’s take this to a simple high level overview.  If you work 8 hours a day and sleep 8 hours a day you only have 8 hours for “you.”  Let’s break apart those 8 hours.  How about 90 minutes for meals and another 90 minutes for “getting ready” and 1 hour for your commute.  All of a sudden you have 4 hours left.

Do you work out?  Do you own a dog?  If so, take off another 90 minutes.  Now you have 2.5 hours left.  Take out the 30 minutes for miscellaneous socialization (email, Facebook, personal calls, etc.) and you have 2 hours.  Keep in mind, I haven’t even touched on things like watching TV and I think we all know that we work more than 8 hours.

What would you do with those 2 hours?  Who would you spend it with?  Where would you go?  What would you borrow from to increase your “you” time?  Something to think about.