Credit: BuzzFeed Life
A friend of mine shared this post on Facebook today, and MAN did it hit home for me.
A few weeks ago, I started reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Venderkam after Kasey at PhDs and Pigtails posted about it. Part of reading this book has involved keeping a detailed log of how I use my time, mostly in an attempt to see if i can use said time more wisely. I think most people would agree that we all could.
After a couple of days of time-logging, I noticed something happening: I was already starting to use my time more wisely. I would sigh heavily when, after checking my e-mail on my phone, I had jumped over to my Instagram app even though I had only checked my e-mail as part of other work-related activities I was doing.
Why am I on Instagram right now? I would have to ask myself, especially when I was scrolling through a bevy of posts I had already seen, liked, or commented on. What a waste.
Part of this time log and my overall plans for self-improvement are centered around making my routines work better for me. In the past, I would have experiences just like the “reality” of the BuzzFeed post above. After wasting half an hour laying in bed, I’d begrudgingly brush my teeth, pull my hair into a ponytail, and slap on the first logical and mostly-clean outfit I could find. Because of this morning routine, I often felt rushed or behind schedule (even when I was arriving to work with more than enough time to prep my classes and start my day).
So, I’ve been trying something new, something to help me get to that “expectation.”Read More »