How to have 12 hours of YOU time each week

How to have 12 hours of YOU time each week

First of all, I’m sure you’re probably wincing at the screen saying to yourself, “I’d never have that much time for myself”.

But you can, and you will. See how below…

12 hours can sound like a lot and can also sound very little. Especially if you think about how much time you put into everything else in your life. Whether you want more time for yourself, family, friends or to simply do the things you love. It’s all achievable.

Statistics show:

  1. There are 168 hours in each week
  2. Roughly 56 hours go on sleep, based on 8 hours per night
  3. This leaves us with 112 hours of awake time
  4. 100 hours left for everything else
  5. Bonus – We have the same amount of time each day as Einstein, Mother Theresa, Gandhi and Beyonce. Now there’s some food for thought.

Now let’s imagine what 12 hours of extra time could look like each week: 

  • 4 half-hour workouts per week = 2 hours
  • 3 hours playtime with the kids, a cinema trip or a nice meal during the week = 5 hours in total
  • 4 hours for a date night; special time for you and your partner = 9 hours in total
  • 3 hours doing whatever you like. This could be reading, watching TV, drawing, mindful colouring, or exercising. 12 hours in total!

Not too shabby is it? Also, just think in those 12 hours you’ve managed to do the following:

  1. Exercise – giving you more energy (guilt-free), while also nailing your fitness / weight loss goals.
  2. Create 3 hours of family or catch up time.
  3. Make time for you and your partner, making sure life does not get in the way of having time together. Or if you’re free and single, then 4 hours to enjoy your own company.
  4. Create 3 hours to do whatever you like!

As a result, you will start to see how easy it is to get things done and spend quality time with your loved ones.

Also, for the busy Mams and Dads out there

Half-hour exercises 3 times per week. This could be broken down into 2 half-hour exercises and a half hour to plan your food for the week = 1.5 hours

3 hours covered for playtime and/or kids classes or training sessions (one on one time)  = 4.5 hours in total

Date night with the hubby or boyfriend to have some downtime for yourselves, add 3 hours = 7.5 hours in total

2 hour cleaning/music session. Kill two birds with one stone, clean while listening to music you love. 1 hour Saturday and 1 hour on Sunday = 9.5 hours in total

2.5 hours dedicated to you and only you to spend however you see fit. Maybe, you want to sit down and watch a movie to yourself in peace with a glass of wine or get out of the house and go for a long drive to break free from the kids and your partner. Whatever it takes to unwind, then do it.

12 hours in total

There’s always going to be things that get in the way, but if you plan well your life will become more meaningful and less stressful.

All of the above does not include your 8 hours of sleep each night. While new babies and kids can obviously get in the way of this sleep pattern but everything else is on you.

56 hours of sleep covered √

40 hour work week covered √

Family and friends time covered √

Exercise covered √

Food plan covered √

Date night covered √

The list goes on and on. Of course, this depends on each individual and how they plan to use their time.

Extra tips on how to make this part of your routine

So, basically, it takes 30 days to form a habit. It doesn’t happen overnight. Try it for one month straight and it will become part of your routine. Then try it for 60 days and you will start to forget your previous hectic lifestyle. Imagine you tried it for 90 days straight? You would never look back! Furthermore, if circumstance takes you out of your wonderful new routine, simply get back into it when the time is right.


Above all, start now and try your best to stick to this plan. Best of luck.

Finally, let me know how you get on by emailing addictedtoeverything1@gmail.com with the subject heading: My extra 12 hours of freedom!

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