Where does time go?

This isn’t about science and the reality of time, this is about me and my time, and where it disappears! I no longer work so in theory I should have a huge amount of free time, apart from chores, looking after the garden, shopping for and preparing food and cleaning up afterwards, washing, ironing and allied jobs.


  • leading writing groups, x 2, 2 hours, once a month each
  • going to writing groups, x 2, 2 hours, once a month each
  • other writing ‘collective’, every couple of weeks or so, 2 hours
  • French conversation and Saxlish, 2 hours twice a month each
  • Gaelic, 4 hours once a month
  • book club, x 2, one 2 hours, one as long as it is (probably 3 hours!) once a month
  • quiz, weekly, 4 hours

If my maths is correct, that’s only 32 hours… not even a day and a half! Say I am awake from 8 am to 1 pm, that’s seventeen hours, that’s over five hundred hours a month – and only 32 are taken up by ‘obligations’ – well, that’s a heck of a lot of hours I could be writing, even allowing for eating, socialising, chores etc!

However, all these things have time taken either side of them. The groups I lead at home I have to prepare for, thinking about what we’re going to be doing, handouts, material and sometimes items for stimulus – plus the all important tea, coffee, biscuits, cake which has to be put out on trays etc! Writing groups I go to I have to do some writing for – and then I have to drive to get there, so in some cases travel adds another two hours to the event! Ditto with travelling to my other groups. For book clubs I have to read the books, and although this is usually a pleasure, sometimes it’s an absolute chore!

Even taking the preparation/travel time into consideration, I still come to the conclusion : – I have no excuses!


  1. David Lewis

    Your overlooking the time preparing for the meetings or lessons and the time it takes to get there and back. It all has to be considered and the numbers will reflect this.

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    1. Lois

      Yes… you’re right! We take it in turns to host one of the writing groups which means sometimes it’s over an hour’s journey – nothing to you I know, but on our wiggledy windy little lanes… 😀


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