We have 7 days, multiplied by 24 hours in a day, which means 168 hours per week.
7 days, multiplied by 7 hours of sleep, means we spend 49 out of those 168 in bed.
7 days, multiplied by 3 hours spent preparing, eating and cleaning up after meals, means we spend 21 hours out of those 168 thinking about our stomachs.
7 days, multiplied by 1 hour getting ourselves and/or our children dressed means we spend 7 hours out of those 168 thinking about our appearance.
Subtract a 40 work week.
Minus 5 hours for commute (and I’m being conservative, here!)
In 2009, the average adult internet user spend 13 hours per week online. I’m pretty sure I have helped raise that average.
In 2009, the Dept of Labor Statistics reported that the average American watches 2.8 hours of TV per day, or 19.6 per week.
Take that total – 154.6 and subtract from 168 = 13.4 hours left.
That’s not including my child’s swimming lessons, soccer practice, our board meetings, waiting in line at school to pick up my daughter, watering my no-longer-green lawn, visiting with grandparents, helping with homework, housework or bathroom breaks. We’re always trying to squeeze at least 169 out of our 168 allotted hours.
But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well – Matthew 6:33
Notice, I didn’t mention time spent in prayer, time spent in the Word, time spent preaching or teaching or sharing or serving. Where do those fit in? Do they represent the firstfruits of your time? Are you putting the Kingdom of God first and letting God add the time for the rest, or, are you squeezing God into that invisible and mirage-like 169th hour?
How are your time management skills? How can we ensure that we’re being good stewards of our time?
How many hours do you spend “online” per week?