Saturday, December 18, 2010

Not Enough Hours In The Day…

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times, there are never enough hours in the day to do all the things we have to do. That is especially true at this time of the year. No matter how early I start decorating and shopping, Christmas always sneaks up on me. It’s like a race to the finish line, you are going strong and then, near the end, one of your laces becomes untied and after that you can never catch up. And it’s exhausting how many details we have to think about and all in addition to our regular routine of cleaning, taking the kids to school and picking them up, shopping, cooking, laundry.

I’m going out on a limb here and blaming this on men. I know it had to be a man who created the 24 hour day. First of all, they never consulted women back then for anything. They just took it upon themselves to decide 24 hours in a day is sufficient. Second, all a man has to do is worry about his 11 hours at work (transportation included), his 5 hours of dinner and sports on television, and his 8 hours of sleep. So 24 hours works out pretty well for a man, but for women not so much.

A women does not have the luxury of confining her work to 11 hours, she is on duty 24/7 especially if she has children. So considering all a woman has to do all day it’s doesn’t surprise me that women have not only learned to multitask, but learned to do it well. It’s a survival tool to succeed in life. Men do not need to multitask and have a lot of trouble if asked to do even two things at once. But even with multitasking, 24 hours is still not enough.

Woman have to prioritize if they want to at least get the most important things done or add anything to their daily routine. For example, if we want to add exercise then something else has to go. And we are always at the mercy of fate. Just when things seem to be going like clockwork, life throws us a little curve ball, like one of the kids gets sick. Then we have to change around our whole day or even several days to see the doctor, go to the pharmacy, and nurse our patient back to health.

Maybe we should reinvent the calendar and this time let a committee of women decide how it should look. Maybe each month would each have four weeks for a total of 48 weeks and we could use the other remaining four weeks to add extra hours to each day or an extra day to the weekends.

The majority of people feel they can’t get it all done in 24 hours, so shouldn’t our voices be heard?

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