Amy Rees Anderson

How To Gain One Hour and Thirty Minutes More In Your Day

The day didn’t start bad for a Monday morning…I woke up and realized the call I thought was starting this morning was scheduled to start thirty minutes earlier than I thought it was. So I decided to do what any rational person would do and I took the call in my pajamas. Don’t worry, I didn’t go to the office in my pajamas. I sat on my family room couch with my laptop and joined the call….which then lasted over six hours as I needed to train someone on a new project they are taking on.  I didn’t move from that spot on the couch the entire six hour call.

When the call finished I couldn’t help but think to myself how by staying in my pajamas and not getting showered or ready for my day I had actually gained about an hour extra in the day. And by not driving to the office that saved me another thirty minutes of driving round trip. So there it is – the magic formula for gaining an extra hour and thirty minutes in our day is simply stay in our PJs, skip taking a shower, don’t get dressed and fixed up for the day, and then work from home on our couch!

Funny how even with the extra hour and thirty minutes I still managed to only complete about 25% of what I was supposed to finish today. I didn’t get through my text messages, I didn’t answer my emails, I didn’t return any phone calls…so yeah…apparently I need to come up with an additional plan that will allow me to gain another hour and thirty minutes more each day…sigh…

As I still sat on my couch at 6pm tonight in my PJs my kids texted to tell me they were coming over for a Family Night together of making pizza in our Wood Fire outdoor oven and playing Spike Ball in the backyard. My first thought was of how overwhelmed and stressed out I was after such a long day but I instantly replaced that thought with a thought of gratitude that my kids wanted to come over and spend an evening with me and their Dad. I got myself off the couch, didn’t fix my hair or take a shower, but threw on a t-shirt and jeans and decided I was going to make the most of the night with them…and boy am I glad I did because a few hours of cooking with your family and playing Spike Ball in the backyard, even if it was freezing outside, made my entire day suddenly PERFECT….

Have a great day everyone!

~Amy Rees Anderson

3 Comments

  • Jane says:

    ” my kids wanted to come over and spend an evening with me and their Dad.” That is the best thing ever. My motto: Mind your moments because they become your memories.

    What would you have remembered, what would your family have remembered, if you said “I’m not up to it tonight”? Sad. But you did the right thing.

  • Katie says:

    This is so sweet Amy! I hope I have a family like yours one day 🙂

  • Buchi Akpati says:

    Awesome! Oh how I wish I could stay in my PJs all day and work

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