Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Add Time to your Life

If you look on the right hand side of our blog there is a box that reads:

"The average American wastes about an hour a day looking for things they can't find or redoing work that they already did but lost."
Think about all the other things you could be doing with that hour. What is disorganization costing you?

I was thinking yesterday about that quote and what it really means... what else could you do for yourself or your family if you had an added hour a day... that is an extra seven hours in a week!  I always tell people that getting organized is one of the very few things in this world that can actualy give you more time. 

Most of us have a list a mile long of things we would do if we had extra time!  However, in case you can't think of any exciting enough to motivate you... read this list of 50 things that women/moms can do if we only had that extra hour in our day:
 Spend Time With Family

1. Play with your kids

2. Read a book with your kids

3. Cuddle on the couch and watch a show with your kids

4. Go on a bike ride with your family

5. Take your kids out for ice cream

6. Spend an hour of time with your husband

7. Do a craft project with your kids

8. Bake cookies with your kids and share them with someone in your life

9. Play a board game as a family

Pamper Yourself

10. Take a bubble bath

11. Get a massage

12. Sleep in an hour

13. Get a manicure or pedicure

14. Go to the salon for a cute cut and style

15. Get a facial

16. Take a nap

Educate yourself

17. Read a book

18. Read a magazine

19. Go to the library

20. Research a topic you want to learn more about

21. Take a class that is offered in your community


22. Go to lunch with a friend

23. Catch up with an old friend on the phone or by email

24. Plan a play date for your children.

25. Host a dinner party with friends

Do Good

26. Volunteer in your community or kid’s school

27. Visit a local nursing home and adopt a senior citizen to visit

28. Get involved in a church program where you can do community outreach

29. Volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen

30. Mentor a Teen Mom

31. Get more involved in your kid’s sports teams or activities

Try Something New

32. Take up a hobby

33. Start a blog

34. Start a journal

35. Plant and Tend a garden

36. Take a class to learn a skill you have always wanted to learn (dance, art, music)

37. Learn to bake or cook something new

38. Learn a foreign language

Make your house the home you want

39. Scrapbook old photos

40. Clean out a closet

41. Organize your pantry

42. Find ways to make your home more green and implement one a week

43. Tackle an overdue project you have wanted to do

Be a Healthier Version of You

44. Take a yoga/fitness class

45. Start working out

46. Shop at a health food store to find new foods and snacks for you and your family

47. Go for a walk

48. Try a new physical activity each week: Roller skating, biking, hiking, swimming, etc

Plan Ahead

49. Search for Vacation locations and shop for deals

50. Get a jump start on early gift giving for the holidays by shopping sales

Do any of these ideas appeal to you?  Do you find yourself reading one or two of them and saying... "Yes, I wish I had the time for that!"  It is not out of your reach... you can start today by making a choice to committ to get more organized and enjoy life a little more.  It's amazing what you can do when you are not bogged down by clutter!

I would love to hear what other ideas you have, which idea is your favorite... or what you would do with that extra hour a day.  Leave me a comment and you will be entered to win a 10 free downloads from our company Simple Organized Sanity!  We will draw for our winner Friday at 2:30 CST!  I am excited to hear from you.


Kate said...

Great list! Thank you. I copied it and posted it on our online family calendar. We use www.casablast.com to help organize our family. I am going to try to figure out how we can find an extra hour at least 3 days a week to spend more time together!

Simple Organized Sanity said...

Love Casablast! It is a very cool site to use... in fact it will be featured in an upcoming post. :)

Glad you loved the list