As a result of our move, I’ve gain about an extra hour per day — half an hour in the mornings and half an hour in the evenings. Even though we moved over a month ago, I haven’t done anything concrete with that extra time, other than unpacking and decorating, but I would love some advice.
I know that some super-motivated time management gurus would suggest exercising or tackling a major project in the mornings. After all, sleeping in isn’t really taking advantage of that extra time. However, I’m going to say now that sleeping in is my plan for the extra morning half hour.
What I am asking for is advice on what to do with the other half hour, after work. I really don’t want to waste it on watching TV or surfing the web.
Here are my ideas:
Nurture Relationships: Having more time and energy for kids and husband is always a plus. I want to really enjoy this extra time. I promised my husband I would be less grumpy..now that can be a hard resolution to keep…
Career management: I can update my C.V., browse websites for job opportunities, update my Linked In profile, read career-related materials (which can also be done at lunch), attend networking functions. I would love specific action items / tips. BTW, here are some great career-building tips from Cloud/Wandering Scientist.
Exercise: At least once per weekday, I plan to take a class. I’m also taking walks around neighborhood and can go to the park more often. Now I can get home and take a nice walk with the kids in the time it used to take me to drive all the way home!
Cook and Plan Meals: I’ve slacked off in this area and would love to start planning healthier meals on weeknights, rather than relying on Trader Joe’s.
Chores…Ugh: I want to do some smaller chores on weeknights rather than saving them up for weekends. With a long commute, I was tired and short on time. Now I guess I could pick up a mop once in a while. There are two almost opposing challenges to this idea. I hate chores YET I also worry that I’ll use my valuable “extra” time to doing chores.
What would you do with an extra half hour per night?