I can wash bottles, portion formula, and separate my recycling while waiting for the coffee to brew. I can change my baby, pack her school bag, and feed the dogs while waiting for the dryer to stop (because there’s no way to work ironing into my schedule; I’ve tried). I can even schedule a doctor’s appointment while checking my email, grocery shopping, and entertaining my baby. These are all things I can do.
What I can’t do, however, is consolidate time itself. Sounds impossible anyway, right? Well, only because it is.
Honestly, I don’t even need to consolidate time per se. I just need for everything to take less time. I need the coffee to brew faster, and I need the dryer to work faster. I need writing a lesson plan to take ten minutes where it currently takes thirty. I need for responding to emails to take five minutes where it currently takes ten. I need for two minutes of petting my dogs to count for thirty. I need to watch 60 Minutes in thirty.
Okay, scratch that. I don’t watch 60 Minutes. But if I did, I can assure you, I would need to do it faster.
It’s not that I can’t fit everything into my day because I really think I can. I would just like to fit more into my day. Remember the coffee I had time to brew? I would like to drink it in a situation that doesn’t likely involve wearing it before I get my baby to daycare. The shirt I “ironed” in the dryer? I would like to have time to wear something else before the day is over. Something that doesn’t say, “This is the only thing I could wear to work, and I don’t have time to do a second load of laundry, so relaxation comes in the form of a button-down shirt and panty hose.” I am surely not the first person to say that relaxation and panty hose cannot safely be combined in the same sentence, let alone the same activity.
So here’s what I’ve learned: somethings have got to go. I would love to now transition this blog into a helpful little ditty about how to consolidate your activities to get the most out of your day, but, sadly, I’m afraid that won’t be possible. Like I said in the beginning, I’m learning, and I’ve only just finished identifying the problem. Now I’m only one full-time maid, a chef, a chauffeur, and a doggy walker away from the solution!