Thursday 21 July 2022

How much spare time do you have?

I have 61 hours a week of unused spare time, to watch TV, garden or take part in a hobby. 

How do I know this?

It was enrichment week for the students in school. Trips were cancelled and school shut Monday and Tuesday due to the heat and I spent both days sitting in the paddling pool and reading a book.

Today the students took part in an activity about the cost of living and not just about housing, bills and foods, but also the cost of activities and the time they have in which to do them.

I ran some basic calculations based on what I do every day and here are the results:

This leaves me with 61 unaccounted hours each week. Free time, my time, to do in whatever I want to do. 

Now this weekend I'm up in Southport working on the golf for which I get paid, then I'm off to Northern Ireland to visit my grandson for two days before I start volunteering at the Commonwealth games, then we're off to Australia to visit our middle child, so over the next 5 weeks I won't have any spare time to twiddle my thumbs or do much else as I'll be busy.

The reality though is that I do have an awful lot of free time in which I actually do very little in. I can of course add in time spent food shopping (Peter usually does this) or coffees out in which I'm not really doing anything.

So what do I do with the rest of my time?

I read, sew, watch TV and waste hours on social media.

I've already factored in time to get to work for which I cycle or walk most days and my hobbies are swimming twice weekly, as well as dog walking, so I don't need to factor in any more time for exercise.

We spend time with family and friends, but that's not daily and is often a whole day or several days with family and a couple of hours each week with our neighbours and friends.

I could study but I've done that already. There are no kids at home to worry about so no extra time needed for keeping the house clean and tidy. Washing and ironing is around an hour a week and now Peter has retired he's taken over the cleaning as he has even more time to fill than I do.

We've got plenty of decorating and garden design/work coming up, but that'll be spread over months, not crammed into a short space of time.

Yes, we get a bit bored from time to time but nothing that requires major life changes and I do work 30 hours a week to keep me occupied and challenged.

What do you do with your spare time? Do you get much? 


  1. I always say that I have no time to myself but I am betting that if I counted everything up I would have hours and hours of free time. In my spare time I like to play computer games. I dread to think how much time I waste with them. x

    1. I'm not going to add up the hours I spend on social media videos, it's too much, I know that already

  2. You're making me think I should take inventory of my time.

    1. I was amazed at how much spare time I actually have