Real Simple magazine recently had an article about the way we spend our time. And if you’ve read this article, these facts won’t surprise you. However, if you missed it, here are a few facts I thought were very meaningful and could be very poignant to the way you make decisions throughout your day.
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive from October 24, 2011 to November 1, 2011.
-1/2 of American women say they don’t have enough time.
-And the free time that women do have is interrupted constantly.
-52% of women have less than 90 minutes of free time a day.
So WHY don’t women have more free time?
It comes down to the fact that they, in many cases, have more on their to do lists than hours in the day.
-Cleaning is the job women hate the most.
-Only 1 in 5 spouses share the work with their wives.
But women still don’t want help!
-45% of women say that they would not hire more household help if they could afford it.
-69% of women say that they would not hire more child care if they could afford it.
So how do YOU spend your time? Do you love what you do? If you are one of the women who do not want to “outsource” child care of household services, chances are you actually enjoy those tasks in some way. You take pride in doing them. So make them a little more fun. Get the family involved, play music while you clean or even buy yourself a fabulous pair of cleaning gloves and cleaning products you love the smell of. After all, you are spending so much time cleaning, you might as well enjoy it!
The secret to having more time, or just feeling like you have more time, is to schedule your time. I’ve said this before, but its important…if you don’t SCHEDULE something it will never happen. That works for household chores like cooking, organizing the closet, and, most importantly, FUN!
-55% of women who delegate to their spouses feel very satisfied with their lives.
-43% of women who almost never delegate to their spouses feel very satisfied with their lives.
-50% of women who schedule their free time regularly are satisfied with their lives.
-41% of women who postpone their free time until they finish other tasks are satisfied with their lives.