Free… But Priceless


I’ve mentioned in a previous post about how time is my greatest luxury right now. Let me put it this way– if a genie came to me and let me have one wish it would be to be awaken refreshed and able to function perfectly on 5 hours of sleep. (Well, actually, I would of course wish for more wishes, but I’m going on the assumption that the genie has probably been around the genie block a couple of times and put the ‘no wishing for more wishes’ disclosure in his spiel.)

Perfectly functional on 5 hours of sleep means I could work on my blog for HOURS a day in the evening. It means I could get up and workout BEFORE work! It means I could create those delicious, nutritious meals in the evening hours, after everyone’s gone to sleep. It means I could plot and plan and tweak my career path to my heart’s content. I could actually research things on the internet. At home.

Ok… maybe I actually need 4 hours to make this all work…

But the point is that I don’t have a wish or a genie or a magical 4-hour sleep night. I have what I have and it’s currently not working for me- I’m not using it as efficiently as I could/should be. So how can I cut the fat (literally and figuratively) from my life? What are some practical things I can do to save myself time and allow me to more efficiently reach my goals? Well, my sister had some great suggestions… here are a couple of her time-savers:

  • Crockpot-up a big batch of chicken. Throw a weeks-worth of frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot with some broth and your preferred spices and in a couple of hours you’ll have your protein for the week! You can use it to add to your big batch of brown rice that you make for your work week too… which leads me to…
  • Make a big batch of brown rice. Portion out ½ cup servings in small Tupperware containers. Add 3 oz. of chicken and as many steamed veggies as you want to each. Make a week’s worth of lunches and throw them in the fridge so they’re ready to grab-n-go.
  • Sleep in your gym clothes. Ok this does seem a little over the top but it does seem like something that might save you time in the morning and might give you that little extra push when you’re trying to find the motivation to work out at 5 am. Sounds a little crazy and I do like my jams. So we may have to just lay my workout clothes ahead of time next to the bed. I think that’s a reasonable compromise.

I do like the make-ahead lunch ideas so I’m trying that out this week. We’ll see how it goes and how much time I actually end up saving in my morning routine this week.

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.” -Harvey MacKay

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