I think most mothers (and fathers!) would love to find an extra few hours in the day. And we all collectively groan when the time comes to “spring forward” and we “lose” an hour. But I recently realized that I was losing two hours a day of potentially productive time. I am not talking about cutting out TV or the computer, which are both more obvious time-sucks. I realized I was losing the time by not making better use of the 120 minutes I spend daily commuting by public transit.
Yes, I take the red and white limousine to work each day. I work on the Gatineau side and when you take into account traffic, gas, and a parking pass, commuting by car quickly loses its lustre. Yes, it’s more comfortable – you aren’t sitting beside a total stranger and trying not to fall asleep on his shoulder at 6 am. But it just didn’t make sense for me. I don’t like wasting money and I don’t like traffic. Makes it an easy decision.
So, here I am sitting on my 261 Express from Lebreton Station (yes, I have to transfer –can’t have it all in life!) and writing my blog post to you. I realized the benefits to riding public transit early, such as reading or using my smart phone to answer emails, but I didn’t think outside the box. I wasn’t interested in bringing my tablet on the bus in case I dropped it, or someone decided to pluck it from my hands, but I was willing to bring my notebook and a pen. Yes, that’s pretty old school for some. But my trusty pen and paper are helping me to be more productive as a writer and blogger. When I am on the bus, I can jot down ideas for short stories, or draft a full blog post that only takes a few minutes later in the evening to type (in front of the TV! Haha). I am not good at “multi-taking” well when it requires my brain to be in multiple places at once (are you?). For example, I couldn’t watch a favourite TV show and type a blog post from scratch at the same time. My mind has to be on either one or the other. Not both. But on the bus, although people are usually talking all around me and you have the usual noises of traffic whooshing in and out as the doors open and close, I can tune it all out and focus on what I am doing.
So, I am a little embarrassed that I spent so many lazy hours reading articles on the internet or looking up random bits of information on Google while I was struggling to find time to write each day. The time has been there all along, I just didn’t make proper use of it.
Are there any “time-wasters” in your day? If you had more time in the day, what would you spend it on?
*Read this article with Regina Spektor’s “You’ve got Time” in your head… 🙂