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The Roost

I am going to down load the log and start today. I am sure I have many extra calories, waisted time.....Thanks again!

Melissa @ Breath of Life

I really need to do this. I think I will start it Monday. The next few days I've got SO much out-of-the-norm stuff to do that it wouldn't be a good indicator of time.

Kelly

I just recently found your site and I love your great ideas. My husband has turned me on to Dave Ramsey and he is big on the "cash only" rule too. I try my best to stick to that.

the roost

Just made my pocket-Mod;)

kathryn stoker

That is awesome! I'll have to do that when I get time. hee hee Just kidding...I'll start my living simply as soon as I return to Denver. I love all your suggestions.

Gretchen

Ah, realism...she is a necessary evil for we fanciful types. ;) So right. So true. So hard to follow through. But, not impossible with His help.

Mary

Hi Joanne! Great post and I love the idea. I have been thinking quite a bit about time management recently. But what about the single working girl who only owns 4-5 hours a day of her own time? Instead of a log I could pull my Outlook calendar and tell you exactly where I spend 10 of my hours...meetings and project work--and then sometimes even nights and weekends. My thought is only that sometimes we have so little say in where our days go that simplifiying the 4 or 5 hours we do have is hard--nothing would ever get done. :)

Joanne (The Simple Wife)

Thought I'd respond to Mary here--as well as the email I sent.

My friend Lisa who I’m doing this with works full time—more than full time, actually. I think the point we’re going for is that simplifying our time isn’t about doing only what we want, but looking at the time available and making sure we’re living within those hours—saving time and spending time wisely.

The log is helpful to see if we’re running to the store for last-minute things, doing errands sporadically, and such. To see if we can consolidate things or plan ahead so we have more time.

Joanne

Erin W

I spend a lot of time mindlessly on the computer reading email, blogs, Facebook etc...my computer is in our mainroom right by the kitchen so I tend to gravitate to it when I am have a few minutes between things or just don't feel like doing laundry, dishes or other sort of tasks. Add that all up and I could have a good hour or so a day spent doing something worthwhile.

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