When my workweek begins, it’s like a marathon, no a SPRINT, to the finish line of Friday. The folks at Real Simple Magazine have created a fancy little chart creator to illustrate where your time actually goes. [They actually call it "Women & Work" which I think is a little sexist - I mean, aren't we all just people by now? My husband has many more childcare duties than I do,....doesn't that qualify him for some fantasy chart-making of his own?]
It illustrates in painful detail how it is not an exciting life I lead and how the time is actually spent. Notice how cleaning or household chores don’t really factor onto my list at all. (See yesterday’s chart for more rationalization on my part) But it’s a colorful little tool (with great icons), that may remind you where your priorities are, and where your time actually goes. Although, to be fair, I do a lot of multi-tasking like exercising while watching TV, or eating and commuting.
For some stats on how specifically women spend their time, they compiled a slide show with some real eye-openers,….like:
So hurray! We’re realizing priorities,…but the bummer is that women still see a gender divide in chores and household duties. This totally amazes me, but then I’m not a particularly neat person either. I am looking forward to the day when women can say that they are happy with their amount of time their spouse pitches in on the chores and are fine with the quality of the job done.
Like my mom always said, “Make sure your house is clean enough to be healthy, but messy enough to be fun.”