Friday, March 2, 2012

Time Waste Removal Challenge 2012

On Goodreads, there's a nifty little widget called the 2012 Reading Challenge. Basically, you punch in how many books you'd like to read this year, and it keeps track of them as you read them.

The truth is, I need this widget in order to be successful with the Reading Challenge:

2012 Time Waste Removal Challenge (So I Can Read More Books)

It goes like this. You make a list of activities you'd love to get rid of and proceed to get rid of them.

Here's my list:
  • Floor Crumb Sweepage. Why bother? They just reaccumulate anyway.
  • Depilatory activities. Talk about Sisyphean endeavor. Hair today, gone tomorrow, then back again.Whyyyyyyy do women do this? Oh yeah. We don't like being hairy.
  • Trips to Costco (a.k.a. The Warehouse of Doom) Wrestling with a package of toilet paper bigger than I am is NOT how I want to spend my precious life hours. But I do it. Again, and again.
  • Bathing children. I mean, you're done and a minute later, they have that puppy-in-the-rain smell again. Kids are dirt magnets. They need to patent that and sell it to the Gorilla Glue people. Or the Hoover people.
Enough of my ranting. I guess I'll get more time the old fashioned way...by not sleeping!

So. What activity do you wish you could get rid to make time for a good book?

45 comments:

Shelly said...

I think my own already meager sleep is the only place I have left to cut from to gain more time.

Ciara said...

I have three boys and SO get the last rant. LOL

Old Kitty said...

Daily commute to work and back. That's so high on my list!

Hope you have a good sleep lovely Lydia!! I do like your new avatar too!

Take care
x

Natalie Aguirre said...

Most of my day is really productive so there's nothing really to cut. Unless I cut blog reading. If you find a cure for how not to sleep, let me know because then I could read more.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

FACULTY MEETINGS!

shelly said...

Since I have to sleep, sometimes every so many weeks due to exhaustion from what I do for a living...even though I do sleep....I just say the hell with and plop in my couch and read my book of choice.

I have to sleep despite all my writing projects.

Laura Pauling said...

Grocery shopping! If some food fairy could go shopping instead of me, so I could read - I'd be all over that!

SA Larsenッ said...

Dishes and laundry!! I wouldn't mind being able to wrinkle my nose and have it all magically done for me, either. :D

Karen Lange said...

Well, as much as I prefer a neat and clean house, I do dislike cleaning, particularly mopping the kitchen floor. Also not so crazy about going to the dentist.

Have a great weekend!

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

Just started cutting into my sleep this last week to find time for revisions.

But wiping down the counter top is my time waster. I wish my husband had an eye for dirty surfaces the way I do because while he "wipes it down" he never gets everything.

Louise Bates said...

LAUNDRY. First you sort it, then you wash it, then you dry it, then you fold it, then you take care of it ... and five seconds later the hamper is full again. Maybe we can eliminate baths and laundry both by just taking the kids outside fully clothed once a day and spraying them down with a hose. Of course, that would only work in the warmer weather months ...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Warehouse of doom! That is hilarious.
Mowing the lawn tops my list of activities that must go.

Connie Keller said...

Housework of any kind. I want Alice from the Brady Bunch to come and keep house for me. Or even better, all the servants from Downton Abbey.

Jai Joshi said...

Less sleep is generally the way I do it too. Or I sleep less at night and catch a few hours during the day when I can.

I hear you with the ranting. There's just too much to do in the day.

Jai

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I LOVE your new photo, Lydia. :D

#1 sounds like my husband. He just sweeps them into the corner or leaves them. Drives me nuts. And he knows it. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I too forego my sleep to catch up with my reading. Or cut down on going out with friends.

E. Arroyo said...

I wish I could hire a nanny, a maid, hell, a robot to work for me. =)

Matthew MacNish said...

Not having to go to work would pretty much solve everything for me.

Meredith said...

Ha, these are definitely things you can stop doing! :) Cleaning definitely goes by the wayside sometimes. Oh, well. Have a great weekend, Lydia!

Catherine Stine said...

M'kay, your list gave me a nice morning laugh! Yeah, why clean, it'll just get dirty again...

Em-Musing said...

Eating nice meals. Either I have to take the time to cook them or take the time to get dressed and to out to eat them. I wish my guy could get into eating cereal or yogurt for dinner...quick, nutritious and no greasy pots. But darn...he SUCH a guy. :)

Emily Rose said...

Chores.:)

Barbara Watson said...

Cooking. Every time the dinner hour rolls around it messes with what I REALLY want to be doing.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Working, but I've gotten used to eating. LOL

mooderino said...

Where are the robots we were promised to take care of all the menial tasks? I'm pretty sure teh 21st century was meant to be full of them.

mood

Krispy said...

Hands down, my commute. Mine's not even that bad all things considering, but I never realized how much of a time waste driving could be until I started commuting for work. ARGH.

Laurel Garver said...

Ooh, it's a toss up between vacuuming (two cats and a dog means my floors are perpetually furry) and tidying up after family members with "dropsy"--not the medical kind, the slobbish trail of shed stuff from the door throughout the house. I wish I could electrify my floor to zap the offending dropper. That might finally change the behavior!

Belle said...

I hate the "Warehouse of Doom" too. What could I cut out? Hmm, some TV and working on crosswords. At night I choose between reading and crosswords and crosswords usually wins.

A Lady's Life said...

house chores lol

lbdiamond said...

Hahaha!

I'd like to add laundry to that list. ;)

Angela Brown said...

That warehouse of doom gets me all the time as well. Darn their delicious sugary confections sold in bulk size that begs to be eaten up immediately.

And if it weren't for this whole parent and responsible citizen thing where having a job is necessary to pay those things called Bill, Bill and his other brother Bill, well, I'd have lots of time to read.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I'm trying to cut out TV time before my favorite show comes on. I tend to "turn on the TV" and get sucked into what is on. I've cut some of that out this year by firing up the Kindle instead of the TV until my show airs.

Emy Shin said...

May I say Twitter and Pinterest and ALL THE INTERNET? Except I'm too weak-willed for that -- so! Re-reading books and stories. I love re-reading things I love: However, that also means I have less little time (and increasingly less interest) for new books, new stories.

Sophia Chang said...

omg did you make this up or is this a real challenge? I NEED TO JOIN IT.

And, um, you have body hair? What kind of Asian are you????

Clarissa Draper said...

I am so with you! Shaving is seriously overrated. My husband doesn't agree but girl power! ;)

The Red Angel said...

I would love to give up hygiene in general...I mean, it's such a chore to spend a whole hour total in a day to brush teeth, floss, take shower, wash hair, wash face, put on acne medicine, and all of that jazz. I would much rather prefer reading a good book like The Fountain. :)

I've put your book on my to-read list, Lydia! Hopefully I will find some time to order it and read it this year. <3

The Red Angel Blog

Nancy Thompson said...

Cooking and eating. We're just gonna have to do it all over again in a few hours. It's endless!

Carrie Butler said...

Let's nix the political calls. They kill my momentum!

Sarah Pearson said...

I would say food shopping and cooking, but if I'm honest, that's more because I hate them than anything else :-)

Leslie Rose said...

House cleaning and balancing my checkbook would be top of my list for deleting or delegating. Sadly, I have to give in to them every so often. Thanks for the heads up on the Goodreads widget.

Suze said...

Your new profile pic is beautiful, Lydia. I really like it.

Stepping Out of the Page said...

What a great post! I could totally do with one of those too, LOL!

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Olga said...

Trips to Costco on the weekend is a challenging and heroic deed. Bathing children is necessary for many reasons :)

Christina Farley said...

I hear you! I'm now training my boys to dust. They think it's fun right now. Let's see how long that lasts..

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