Have you ever thought about why it feels like there just aren’t enough minutes in the day? Although I am the Rushed Mommy, I actually put a lot of effort into making sure that I have enough time during the day to spend with my family. They are my biggest priority, so it is important to me to make sure that my “free” time is spent with them. But how much free time does a working mom really have? Of course, working dads and work-from-home moms have the same time issues as working moms. I did some research on the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They have a whole page of data relating to working Americans, and it’s divided up by gender. Dads aren’t represented in the graph (sorry, guys!) because it was just too much info! But the hours men spend doing the same activities varied only by minutes. So don’t worry dads, this still applies to you.
The actual hours aren’t listed in the chart, so here they are:
Sleeping: 8.86 hours
Working/Traveling to work: 7.78 hours
Caring for and helping children: 2.14 hours
Food Preparation and Cleanup: 1.86 hours
Housework: 1.16 hours
Eating and Drinking: 1.09 hours
Grooming: .96 hours
Put your calculator away, I added it all up for you. Do you know how much time that leaves in the day? 0.15 hours!
I don’t know about you but I work more than 7.78 hours, and I sleep way less than 8.86 hours. But this is the average data for all Americans, and I suppose that if you factor in weekends, that would lower the average hours you are working.
It seems to me that if you are trying to make more time for yourself during the day, you either have to sleep less or work less. What do you think?