A Twenty-Five Hour Day

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I’m often told that I pack a lot into a day. I have a lot of hobbies and interests, and my circle of family and friends is always expanding. I guess I’ve always been busy – my parents encouraged it when I was young, and being a working mom of busy kids requires a lot of running. When I look back at those years, I wonder how I managed. More often than not, I’d fall into bed bemoaning something I hadn’t had time to do that day.

After retiring I had more time for things I wanted to do. I joined a sewing circle and a second writing group. I got a gym membership and started walking more. I got out my instruments and joined first one community group, then another, then another. I attended Japanese language classes and started communicating with my cousins. It was so nice to be able to do the things I didn’t have time for when I worked full-time. But for some reason I still end each day wondering where the time went.

Back when my life moved at 90 miles an hour I used to wish for one extra hour a day. If I had an extra 60 minutes, I thought, I could finish one or two more things. My house would be more organized. I could read another couple of chapters. My to-do list wouldn’t have to be so long (yes, I made those lists back then, just like I do now). Snow days and fog days were my saving grace. The school where I taught covered about 100 square miles of mostly farmland, and when blowing snow covered them, buses couldn’t get through. In the spring, thick pockets of fog often made driving hazardous. Several times a year I’d get the great news that I didn’t have to make the twenty-mile drive to work. Of course, by the time I got that news I was already up and dressed, so I started in on my to-do list. It never failed to amaze me how much I was able to do in that extra day. It was like having two week’s worth of extra hours.

I’ve never needed much sleep, so when I have a lot to do it’s normal for me to simply stay up until things are done. But an extra hour would be a gift. I’ve got a list of things I could choose from each day (note there are seven, so each one could happen once each week!):

  1. Contact an old friend and chat
  2. Write in a journal (my scrapbooks sort of journal my life, but don’t have a lot of details I’d like to remember later on.)
  3. Read a book on my TBR list
  4. Study a lesson in my Japanese language texts and practice with my mom or cousin
  5. Watch one of those TV shows my kids rave about
  6. Walk an extra half hour, then take a relaxing hot bath
  7. Take a quick nap

What would you do with an extra hour each day?

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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7 Responses to A Twenty-Five Hour Day

  1. jeff7salter says:

    I’m one of those who’s always admired your industry and organization.
    Love this quote (which perfectly captures my own feelings): “for some reason I still end each day wondering where the time went.”
    Admirable list of ways to deal with that extra hour each typical day.
    Number 7 is my favorite.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Ha! I’ve been sneaking naps in about once a week lately. Maybe my body is telling me to slow down…

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      • jeff7salter says:

        well, I’ve had chronic fatigue since spring of 1974. So, if I don’t take an afternoon nap, I’m basically a zombie for the rest of the evening.

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  2. I truly admire your taking Japanese.
    I will have to put my thinking cap on.

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  3. Love your seven items. I think learning a new language would be fun. I’ve often thought of learning Korean so I could talk with my sister-in-law. After 19 years of being married to my brother and living on military bases she speaks English well enough but I still think it’d be fun to be able to converse in her native language.
    I hope you’re able to get a few things from your list done. Maybe now that you’re on summer break you can. Though I know you are still incredibly busy.

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  4. tivamoo says:

    That’s an interesting thought! I will think about it and might write a blog as well! LOL

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