Sometimes I just don’t have a clue about anything really. I decided that I was to write a time-journal for this month, thinking that it would be easy to do and a healthy exercise. I think that in most guidelines on how to be more efficient in life and live a healthy life they recommend you to write a time-journal to identify what in your life that steals time. Now I know the answer; The time journal!
The first weekend was fine, I mean, most of my weekends are spent on a couch with my computer in my lap not really doing much. Thus noting down every time I had a smoke break, went to make a snack or changing action on the computer (from playing games to paying bills) was super easy – I just made an excel sheet!
Then the Monday morning hits you and you have to get out of bed, get ready for work, make it to the train via the 7/11 for coffee. Then you get of the train, make your way to work and work through the day before you leave and meet with friends and all that jazz. How on earth are you supposed to 1) remember to note each step down 2) have time in each moment to stop yourself and note each step down?
I even tried a couple of apps that were supposed to help out, since writing a time-journal on paper are to time-consuming. Trust me! so are the apps!
I am admittedly struggling to see the purpose with the time-journal to be hones. I already know that my Facebook games are taking way to much of my time. I already know that my commute to and from work take 1 hour from door to door, I also know that I use that time for things like reading the morning paper. If I had managed to complete the month, I still don’t think that I had found some strange little time-stealing event that I wasn’t aware of before.
The conclusion of this project is that it was a unnecessary waste of time, and proof of me not thinking things through before throwing myself into action!
Draft no 3 in my December challenge of getting them all either published or moved to the trash. This one is related to my student budget experiment earlier this year, I don’t know why it didn’t make it to the blog (it might be because I am admitting to cheating)!
It’s soon time for a long weekend in the summer-house together with the family. Due to different reasons the tickets haven’t been booked and paid for before I started on a student budget so they now have to be included, not so smart. I am assuming that as a student you will pick the cheapest alternative, in this case the bus, I managed to find a ticket that was half of what the train costs. However the bus takes more than twice as long as the train, and I don’t want to waste 14hrs of my 4-day weekend on a bus, so I will cheat. I will use the bus price for my spend (742sek) but still take the train. That is one of the benefits on living on a student budget but not really – it will still put a strain on my spend for the rest of the month.
On another note, this student budget thing is doing wonders for my coffee intake, now when I have to pay for each and every cup of coffee that I drink, I’m starting to opt for hot water rather than a cup of coffee.
Draft number two to make it from the drafts to the actual blog is another 7 things. I wrote this list in April, on the 21st to be more exact, however I think can be applicable for the coming week. I will admit to have changed the times in point 1 and 4 – this due to changed circumstances now compared to April!
Lets try a new format this week, instead of doing 7 things in total for the week, I will split my day into 7 parts.
- Get up without snoozing at 8:00 Monday to Friday.
- Go for a run, bike ride or do some yoga every morning.
- Make a smoothie or have good morning snacks on hand.
- Be at work at 10am and work until 3pm.
- Do something after work, not going straight home and no alcohol.
- Eat dinner, either home-made or in a restaurant/take-away.
- Go to bed no later than midnight.
For you that wonder, one of my December challenges is to clear out all the drafts that have piled up since I started the blog.
This is one of the drafts that have been sitting around since the 29th of November 2011, so it is about time that I post it I guess. I had only managed the first five points, which is probably why it never made it on to the blog. How hard can it really be to think out seven things to make people happy?
- Give them a hug.
- Smile at people you meet on the street.
- Bring nice coffee to your co-workers (we all know how the coffee in the machines most offices have, taste).
- Leave your friends and co-workers nice messages in places where they will randomly find them at a later time.
- If you have friends or family with children, offer to babysit so they can have an evening to themselves.
- Buy random presents to your friends when you know they are a bit down (Da Teacher bought me really nice chocolate earlier this week, awesome pick-me-up!).
- Let people talk and listen to them, even if you are not the slightest bit interested in what they are saying or have heard it all before. Most important, no judgement!
You have any other good ideas? Thinking that we have a future project here!
This one isn’t that hard or time-consuming though, I find it more interesting and probably healthy! I will write a time journal, i.e every day I will write down how much time I spend on different things, like sitting on trains, playing CastleVille or just surfing the internet, all of it will be written down. I’m not saying that I will post the outcome every day so this is not a promise of daily postings, especially not since there will be Christmas Eve and all of that.
I am interested in knowing on how much time I spend on things that most of us consider “waste of time” and whether or not I really consider it being a waste of my time. Thus, keeping track I will, starting on the 1st of December!
Has anyone done this, I know it is recommended when you read books/articles on how to become more efficient. Did you think it worked? Do one really want to know how much time we spend on certain things? Does one also keep track of visits to the toilet?
Since we are now more than half way through November I have started to think about December, to be exact I think of it every time I see all the drafts here on the blog. Currently there are 37 seven of them, and for December I will either have deleted or completed them, the count for the new year should be 0.
There are also some drafts in my head, the finish of the student project is one, there is at least one Fish n’ Fish post to be written, the rest of my trip to the US and my weekend in Hamburg.
I think that there will have to be no other challenges or projects, I mean there is christmas and stuff as well!