I’ve been logging my time again. As I tell people who keep time logs for me, I learn something new every time I do this. Or at least I’m reminded of things I knew, but forgot. That makes it worth doing from time to time, even if it takes some effort.
This particular time log has corresponded with some major television events. I don’t really watch that much TV (or so the story goes). But I watched the Super Bowl. And I’ve been watching the Olympics. There’s something strangely appealing about watching certain sports (e.g. figure skating) just once every 4 years. It’s a blast of nostalgia to Winter Olympics past — listening to Scott Hamilton and thinking phrases such as “triple toe loop” which, trust me, I haven’t thought of in a while.
According to my time log, I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics. I only started Friday night. But as of Sunday mid-day — so not even counting what I’ll watch today/tonight — I’ve put in 6 hours.
This is a major chunk of time. It’s kind of ironic, because I’d been complaining to myself lately that my life isn’t structured in such a way that I’m getting adequate exercise. We’ve had a lot of ice and snow, which makes running outside treacherous. So I need to drive to the Y, but that adds 20 minutes each way, and it’s hard to do outside of work hours and so I could do work hours, but I’m not working enough and… la la la.
But when I wanted 6 hours to appear over 2 days to watch the Olympics, magically, they appeared. To be sure, these hours have appeared on the weekend, but time is time and the tiles in our mosaics can be moved around. I have plenty of hours. If I wanted to take one afternoon during the workweek and drive to the Y, I could make the time up on the weekend. I could buy a treadmill for the basement off Craigslist, hook up a TV, and watch the Olympics while running. Yes, I’m normally watching at 9 p.m., but I’m not asleep until 11:30. I could run intervals until 9:30, then have 2 hours to clear that extra energy.
I’m not doing any of those things. So probably, the extra exercise isn’t a priority right now. Losing those 5 lbs I keep trying to lose isn’t actually a priority. Which is fine. But I need to recognize that for what it is. I prefer to watch other people do feats of physical activity on TV than to do much active myself. “I don’t have time” means “it’s not a priority.” I know that, but sometimes I forget.
This is the kind of thing my time logs remind me.
What have you learned by keeping track of your time?